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Humanities and Social Sciences 

The Humanities and Social Sciences learning area develops students’ understandings of how and why individuals and groups live together, interact with and within their environment, manage resources, as well as create institutions and systems. Students further understand that, over time, these relationships and interactions may change to varying degrees.

Students develop these understandings through processes of social inquiry, environmental appraisal, ethical analysis and the skills to constructively critique various perspectives from past and present contexts. Students are encouraged to apply their understandings and skills in their own lives by developing environmental consciousness, social competence and civic responsibility. In doing so, they are engaged in actively exploring, making sense of, and contributing to, improving the world around them.

The HASS Department is implementing the Australian Curriculum for History and Geography in years 7– 10 and following the Department of Education’s K-10 Syllabus in the areas of Economics, Civics and Citizenship and Career Development.

Australian Curriculum

History (Modern History) enhances students’ curiosity and imagination and their appreciation of larger themes, individuals, movements, events and ideas that have shaped the contemporary world. The themes that run through the units include: local, national and global conflicts and their resolution; the rise of nationalism and its consequences; the decline of imperialism and the process of de-colonization; the continuing struggle for the recognition of human rights; the transformation of social and economic life; the regional shifts in power and the rise of Asia; and the changing nature and influence of ideologies.

The History course in Year 8 focuses upon the Medieval World, in year 9 the focus is on World War I and the Australian role in the world and in Year 10 Australia and World War II becomes the major theme. 


Explores the interaction people have with places in which they live and how it is shaped by the location, patterns and processes associated with natural and built features. The subject builds students’ knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of places and an appreciation that place matters in explanations of economic, social and environmental phenomena and processes. It also develops students’ knowledge about the interconnections between places. Nothing exists in isolation. Consequently, the subject considers the significance of location, distance and proximity. The new Australian Curriculum in Geography will begin with Water in the World in year 7, Natural and Ecological Hazards in year 8, Biomes and Food Security year 9 and Environmental Change and Management in year 10.


Economics has a specific focus on developing the capacity to make informed and rational choices that enable students to actively engage with the economy locally, nationally, regionally and globally, both now and in the future. 

This course examines the ways people attempt to meet their needs and wants by making optimum use of limited resources in enterprising ways. 

Civics & Citizenship

Civics and Citizenship investigates the processes of people forming groups due to shared understandings of the world and in turn, being influenced by the particular culture. 

Career Development

Career development aims to assist students to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary to make informed decisions about school and post school options and enable active participation in working life.

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