Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS)


Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS)

Head of Faculty - Amy Lambert

Course Information: 

In the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area includes a study of history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business. Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change. The Humanities and Social Science subjects in the Australian Curriculum provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century.

All students from Years 7-10 study a semester of History and Civics and Citizenship and a semester of Geography and Economics and Business.

Year 7

History: The Ancient World

Civics and Citizenship: The key features of Australia’s system of government

Geography: Water in the World and Places and Liveability

Economics and Business: The relationship between consumers, workers and producers in the market.

Year 8

History: The Medieval World

Civics and Citizenship: How laws are made, the types of laws used in Australia and how Australians can participate in a democracy

Geography: Landforms and landscapes, Urbanisation and Migration

Economics and Business: Exploring the ways markets work within Australia and the rights, responsibilities and opportunities that arise for businesses, consumers and governments.

Year 9

History: The Making of the Modern World and World War One

Civics and Citizenship: The features and principles of Australia’s court system, including its role in applying and interpreting Australian law

Geography: Biomes, Food Security and Globalisation

Economics and Business: The concept of an ‘economy’ and what it means for Australia to be part of the Asia region and the global economy.

Year 10

History: The Modern World and Australia and World War Two

Civics and Citizenship: Australia’s system of government within an international context, such as its involvement with United Nations, and the role of the High Court

Geography: Environmental change and Human wellbeing

Economics and Business: The ways governments manage economic performance to improve living standards and ways to manage changing economic conditions.