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Senior school humanities subjects


Authority English is a challenging subject that involves students in the construction of a range of texts such as short stories, reviews, proposals, feature articles and persuasive and imaginative spoken texts. Students also engage in the analysis of adolescent and adult fiction, film, poetry, and Australian, modern American and Shakespearean drama. The year 11 course lays the foundation for year 12 English, which is the year in which summative assessment for exit achievement takes place. Each year students will complete six substantial assessment tasks, four of which are written and two of which are spoken. All assessment tasks are prepared either partially or fully in class time.

Legal studies

Legal studies enables students to have confidence in accessing the legal system and to understand their legal rights and responsibilities. Students should have sufficient knowledge of the law to know their own rights and obligations as private citizens, when to seek legal advice, and how to contribute to the improvement of laws and legal processes. Students will need to justify their own opinions about and attitudes to legal and social issues. A course in legal studies can establish a basis for employment in the fields of law, law enforcement, justice studies, social work, government, economics and politics.

The year 11 course lays the foundation for year 12, which is the year in which summative assessment takes place. Each year students will complete 5-6 substantial assessment tasks. These tasks include examinations, written research assignments and oral presentations. All assessment tasks are prepared partially or fully in class time.

Modern history

Modern history examines world history from early twentieth century to the present day. It assists students’ understanding of the world by examining the complex processes of change and continuity that have occurred. A historical research approach is used and the students are guided into using a process of critical inquiry that requires them to examine definitions, analyse and evaluate sources, understand backgrounds, changes and continuities, examine effects and arguments and reflect on their knowledge.

Students are encouraged to empathise with various peoples’ perspectives from different time periods and, in doing so, examine and refine their own values and commitments to society and the world.

English communication

English communication is offered as an alternative to senior English. It is an authority-registered subject, and as such, does not contribute to the attainment of an overall position (OP) at the end of year 12. The aim of the subject is to provide students with literacy skills necessary for their lives at work, leisure or as active participants in community groups. Units focus on themes such as life at work, living independently, travel and skills demonstration. There is also a focus on discussing and writing about topical issues and current affairs. A minimum of 50% of tasks are spoken. All assessment is partially or fully completed during class time.

Social and community studies

Social and community studies deals with the skills needed to function competently and confidently in present and future life roles. Students investigate life roles through a variety of topics. Social and community studies allows students to develop personal skills related to self-awareness, relationships and personal management as well as examining their role in the community. Students achieve a broad understanding of themselves and the construction of identity, group dynamics, personal goal setting, and inquiry processes.

Assessment techniques vary according to the topics being studied. The year 11 course lays the foundation for the year 12 course, which is the year in which summative assessment for exit achievement takes place. Social and community studies is an authority-registered subject, and, as such, does not contribute to a student’s OP at the end of year 12.

Year 10 subjects

Year 10 English

In year 10 English, students at Coorparoo Secondary College study a course which delivers the Australian Curriculum for English, and is aligned closely with the Curriculum to Classroom program. Year 10 students continue to develop the macro-skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening and viewing) which they have worked on in years 8 and 9. This is achieved through undertaking units of work related to literature and the media. The course includes the study of a novel, a Shakespearean play, a unit on poetry and a media unit on film. Students are assessed twice a term in a range of genres and conditions. All assessment is completed fully or partially in the classroom.

Year 10 history

Year 10 history is a one year course which prepares students for future history subjects in years 11 and 12. The year 10 curriculum provides a study of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to present. The context provides opportunities to develop historical understandings through key concepts, analysis and evaluation of historical material. These skills are put to work through in-depth studies which include themes such as World War II, rights and freedoms, and popular culture, coupled with the assessment rigour of exams, assignments and essays. The subject is supported by a text book with an on-line capability and is provided through the college text-hire scheme.

Year 7, 8 and 9 subjects

Year 7 & 8 English

The year 8 English curriculum provides learning experiences which develop the students’ ability to read, write and speak in a range of contexts. Students engage with written and multi-modal subject matter, and create texts designed to analyse, entertain, inform, and persuade. Focus topics of the year 7 & 8 English course include media representations, poetry, and the language of new technology.

Year 9 English

Year 9 English students interact with texts which support students as independent readers, writers and speakers. Literary and non-literary texts are drawn from a range of genres and often involve challenging and unpredictable sequences and structures. The year 9 English course engages students in the exploration and construction of a series of texts, consisting of narratives, performances and reviews.

Year 8 social education

Year 8 social education classes study the Australian Curriculum in history. The history course comprises approximately 45 hours of study. During this time, students will undertake three in-depth studies related to chosen themes. Each in-depth study is assessed in either spoken or written modes, and may take the form of assignments or tests. The course covers the history of the world from ancient times to the eighteenth century. The focus is on both historical knowledge and understanding and the historical skills of research, analysis and evaluation. Year 8 students also study geography, citizenship, and economics as part of a full year course. Texts with on-line capability are provided through the college text-hire scheme for each component of the course.

Year 9 history

At Coorparoo Secondary College, the Australian Curriculum for year 9 history is taught for one 70 minute lesson a week for the entire school year. During this time, students will first undertake an introductory unit, "The making of the modern world", which is an overview of the historical period which is the focus of the year 9 course. The unit identifies features of the period (1750-1918) as part of an extended chronology to help students understand a broader range of teaching, in preparation for in-depth studies which comprise the remainder of the course. The in-depth studies include the Industrial Revolution, World War I, and "Making a Nation". Each in-depth study is assessed in either spoken or written modes, which may take the form of assignments, tests or essays. The focus is on both historical knowledge and understanding, and the historical skills of research, analysis and evaluation. A history text with an on-line capability is provided through the college text-hire scheme.

Languages other than English (LOTE)

Chinese is the LOTE studied by year 8 students at Coorparoo Secondary College. The course, which is taught for one lesson a week over the entire school year, is delivered in line with the Queensland Studies Authority. The main focus is written and spoken language, as students develop the ability to both understand and write the Chinese language and characters. This knowledge is assessed by tests in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Another aspect of the course relates to the culture and geography of China. There is no text book for Chinese; students have access to internet and photocopied materials. Students who wish to continue their Chinese studies beyond year 8 are able to enrol in courses offered and delivered by the Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE). BSDE offers many courses in other foreign languages, both Asian and European. The process is managed by the administration of Coorparoo Secondary College.