HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Individuals and Societies encourages students to respect and understand the world around them, and provide a skills base to facilitate further learning. This is achieved through the study of individuals, societies and environments in a variety of contexts.

Students who study the Humanities develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens of the 21st century. Students develop their skills and knowledge through critical thinking, questioning, making decisions based on evidence and communicating effectively.

 

“The calling of the Humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.” J. Irwin Miller

 

For students who study Humanities and Social Sciences they develop a ‘toolbox’ to think seriously about ourselves and the world.

The key concepts taught in the Middle School centre around the strands of Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, History and Geography.

In classes, all the concepts are linked to current issues and events from the study of political elections in Australia and overseas, the impact of pandemics in both the past and the present, economic forces that impact on society through to cultural and historical awareness of Australia’s past and the world. Thus, ensuring the study of H.A.S.S. is relevant to the student of today and the adult of the future.

A variety of assessment strategies is employed to meet the needs of students and develop their skills of critical thinking and inquiry. These include timelines, map and graph construction, using technology for graphics and data analysis, oral presentations, role plays and the study of documents and sources.

The middle school studies, knowledge and skills prepare students for the subjects offered in Years 11 and 12.

Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies, Geography ATAR and Modern History ATAR are the courses offered to senior students. Years 11 and 12 view the world though the perspective of young adults and relish engaging with the concepts and issues explored. Adding to the rigour of senior studies, students further develop their ability to question, solve complex problems and make informed decisions as well as propose actions in relation to real-world events and issues. Students participate in field trips, cultural excursions and university seminars. Discussions, research inquiries, media presentations, creating and enhancing communication skills only add to the depth and opportunities of an exciting area for study.

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