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Humanities and Social Sciences Year 9 and 10

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​​The Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) department invites students to explore the very experience of being human. Through subjects such as Business, Geography, History and Legal Studies, students gain insight into the cultural, economic, environmental, and philosophical dimensions that have shaped the past and the present. By developing the critical inquiry skills, students can determine how decisions that are made (both historical and into the future) contribute to our species' well-being.​​

Subject descript​​​​ion

The Humanities includes the subjects of History, Geography and Civics and Citizenship. The study of Humanities offers a way for our species to look in on itself to determine how the past has informed our present, and how our understanding of the present can lead to a better future. What it means to be human, what it means to be a good human and what it means to be a human on a finite planet, are central to our investigations. 

What it will help students​​ do

Importantly, the Humanities equip students with a range of skills and a disposition to actively engage in creating a better society. Through a study of Humanities, students are invited to consider the importance of democracy, cultural understanding, social justice, peace, a​nd sustainability as key pillars in the creation of a more humane future.

Skills develop​​ed

Through studying Humanities, students will develop the ability to: 

  • Ask critical questions 
  • Analyse, evaluate, and interpret sources 
  • Communicate effectively across cultures 
  • Make decisions to create a better future 

Out of class require​​ments

Homework to be completed via BlackBoard as required. What’s important for this subject: An open and questioning mind about the world we live in will build capacity for students to be successful learners, confident and creative individuals and informed globally aware citizens.

Course Outline and Asses​sment

​​Year 9
​Year 10
​​Unit 1: History: Ancient Australia ​
​Historical Fiction​
​Unit 1: History: World War Two
Exam
Unit 2: History: Ancient Egypt​
​Exam
​Unit 2: Geography: Geography of Wellbeing
​Data Report
​Unit 3: History: Ancient China​
​Research Essay
​Unit 3: History: Rights and Freedoms
​Research Essay​
​​Unit 4: Geography: Liveability​
​Report​
​Unit 4: Legal Studies: Democracy in Action
​Spoken Task

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​​Extra-curricular opportunities​
National History, Geography and Civics competitions
Various Excursions related to units of study





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Last reviewed 22 June 2021
Last updated 22 June 2021