In Years 7 and 8, Humanities and Social Sciences consists of civics and citizenship, economics and business, geography and history.
The study of Humanities and Social Sciences develops the students' abilities 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. Through their studies students will further develop and acquire:
- a deep knowledge and sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures, events, ideas and environments through the world;
- a lifelong sense of belonging to, and engagement with, civic life, with the capacity and willingness to be informed, responsible, ethical and active participants in society at a local, national and global scale;
- a knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of the past and the forces that shape society;
- the ability to think critically, solve problems, make informed decisions and propose actions in relation to real-world events and issues;
- enterprising behaviors and capabilities that enable them to be active participants and decision-makers in matters affecting them, which can be transferred into life, work and business opportunities;
- an understanding of, and commitment to, the concepts of sustainability to bring about equity and social justice; and
- a knowledge and understanding of the connections among the peoples of Asia, Australia and the rest of the world.
The subjects taught in Humanities and Social Sciences classes include:
- Civics and Citizenship
- Economics and Business
The electives taught by Humanities and Social Sciences:
- Financial Management
Value Adding Experiences
The Humanities and Social Sciences department also offers students a variety of exciting and interesting events in which they can participate. Students have the opportunity to participate and engage in a variety of activities and competitions which enrich their learning experience.
- Australian Geography Competition: Students complete a multiple choice test which can lead all the way to an interstate or international competition. All entrants will receive a certificate informing them of the level they have achieved.
- National History Challenge: The National History Challenge is an exciting contest that encourages students to research the past. Students are the historians, they can investigate their community, explore their own and their family's past, and explore a major event. Each year the challenge is based around a different theme. The challenge encourages inquiry based learning, the use of primary and secondary sources and offers a variety of presentation styles that can cater to individual learning preferences.
- Simpson Prize: This is a great opportunity for Year 9 students to participate in a nationwide essay competition giving them the chance to win an unforgettable two week trip to Turkey as well as a preparatory trip to Canberra.
- Sydney and Canberra Tour: Students will visit iconic places, learn the history of our capital, participate in parliamentary debates, engage with Australian law through mock trials and participate in a Last Post ceremony at the Australian War Memorial.