Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider opportunities and challenges for the future.

In the Western Australia Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area consists of four subjects: Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively.

Thinking about, reflecting on, and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, legal, economic, business and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.

The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.

The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects include a range of skills that can be represented broadly as questioning and researching, analysing, evaluating and communicating and reflecting. Students apply these skills to their everyday learning activities and to investigate historical and contemporary events, developments, issues, and/or phenomena.

Subject Offerings

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11 & 12
Intervention modified program Intervention modified program Intervention modified program Intervention modified program General Ancient History
Pathfinders Academic modified program Pathfinders Academic modified program Pathfinders Academic modified program Pathfinders Academic modified program General Business Management & Enterprise
Geography: Water in the world, and Place and liveability Geography: Landforms and landscapes, and Changing nations Geography: Biomes and food security, and Geographies of interconnections Geography: Environmental change and management, and Geographies human wellbeing General Modern History
Civics & Citizenship: Designing our political legal system Civics & Citizenship: Democracy and law in action Civics & Citizenship: Our democratic rights Civics & Citizenship: Justice at home and overseas ATAR Business Management & Enterprise
The ancient world - Egypt History: the medieval world History: the Industrial Revolution and WWI History: World War II, and Rights & Freedoms ATAR Modern History
Economics & Business: Producing and consuming Economics & Business: Participation and influences in the marketplace Economics & Business: Australia and the global economy Economics & Business: Economic performance and living standards ATAR Politics and Law

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