Humanities & Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences
Studies of society and the environment are highly beneficial to students who wish to gain a greater understanding of the world we live in, and also an insight into the way history has shaped the way we are today. Students will be exposed to such learning areas as geography, history, cultural studies, economics, politics and law, and will gain valuable skills in research and writing that can be applied to a wide range of careers and study options.

Through the study of Humanities and Social Science, students develop their knowledge about the complex interactions between people, and between people and their environments by investigating historical, geographical, economic, legal and political ideas and issues. They clarify their personal values and acknowledge others’ values and world views in a range of contexts and settings. Therefore, Humanities and Social Science provides students with fascinating and challenging units that enable them to: develop valuable research and communication skills; think critically; make informed decisions; and become responsible and active citizens.


Through the study of Geography, students are empowered to shape change for a socially just and sustainable future. Geography inspires curiosity and wonder about the diversity of the world’s places, peoples, cultures and environments. Through a structured way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, this course enables students to question why the world is the way it is, and to reflect on their relationships with, and responsibilities for, that world. Therefore, Geography provides students with fascinating and challenging units that enable them to: respond to questions in a geographically distinctive way; plan inquiries; collect, evaluate, analyse and interpret information; suggest responses to what they have learnt; make informed decisions; and become responsible and active global citizens.


This unit assists students in learning different skill sets such as research, analysis of information and sources, investigations and inquiries. Students will learn about specific eras and the key people who influenced certain events and movements. Students will also examine certain concepts of ideas, beliefs, values and attitudes. In both units, students will focus on two main countries’ entry into both World Wars, and the social, political and economic effects this had on society. Both units also encourage students to think about the cause and effect of certain events, rather than specific dates and times.


The Ancient History course will look at a number of ancient civilisations and the powerful people behind these civilisations by looking at the impact they had on society then and now. Looking at the people, places and monuments that have become significant over time will allow students to develop skills that will enable them to look at history and the event makers in new ways.


For further explanation on course information, contact HoLA— Fiona Milisavljevic

Phone 9621 6300 or email