The humanities and social sciences are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider challenges for the future.
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. Thinking about and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.
Social Science is a Compulsory Subject for Years 7-10
The Years 7–10 curriculum continues to develop students’ geographical knowledge and mental map of the world through the investigation of selective studies of world regions and specific countries. Where studies of place are not specified, teachers select an area of Australia, or countries of the Asia region, or areas of the world, which are contextually appropriate.
Through the History curriculum, students pursue broad questions such as: How do we know about the ancient past? What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies? How did the nature of global conflict change during the twentieth century? This curriculum also provides opportunities to engage students through contexts that are meaningful and relevant to them and through past and present debates.