Junior School Humanities and Social Sciences
Year 7 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Year 7 HASS introduces the Australian Curriculum focusing on the learning areas of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Business and Economics. Students engage with a wide variety of topics that assist their understanding of the world and solving challenges in the future. Topics include: Water in the World, Place and Liveability, Investigating the Ancient Past, Ancient Worlds, Australia's Democracy, Law and Citizens and Local Business.
Year 8 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
Year 8 HASS classes study the Australian Curriculum in History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Business and Economics. Students develop a range of analytical and research skills to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding across topics such as Medieval Europe, Shogunate Japan, Landforms and Landscapes, Changing Nations and Australia's Democracy, Law and Citizens and International Business.
Year 9 History
Coorparoo Secondary College implements the Australian Curriculum V8.4 for History in Year 9. History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves. The Humanities and Social Sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts; they also consider the challenges of the future.
In Year 9, students will study a period of history covering the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. It was a period of industrialisation and rapid change in the ways people lived, worked and thought. It was an era of nationalism and imperialism, and the colonization of Australia was part of the expansion of
European power. The period culminated in World War I, 1914–1918, the ‘war to end all wars’.
Topics include: Making A Nation, Industrial Revolution, World War I and Specialised topic study.
Year 10 History
Coorparoo Secondary College implements the Australian Curriculum V8.4 for History in Year 10. History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves. The Humanities and Social Sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts; they also consider the challenges of the future.
In Year 10, students will study a period of history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. The twentieth century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region and its global standing.
Topics include: World War II, Rights and Freedoms and Popular Culture
Year 9 and 10 Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography
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.
In Years 9 and 10 at Coorparoo Secondary College, students can elect to study:
Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business or Geography.
Senior School Humanities
In Legal Studies, students study the Australian legal system, propose alternatives and make recommendations to improve the current laws or systems. Units will alternate between: Beyond Reasonable Doubt (Criminal law), Human Rights, Balance of Probabilities (Contract law and Negligence), and Law Reform and Governance. Units 1 and 2 of the course are formative and lay the foundation for Units 3 and 4, where all the summative assessment for exit achievement takes place. Students will complete four assessment items per year: an in-class exam, an investigation inquiry report, an argumentative essay and a combination exam with an extended response essay.
Tasks set in Units 1 and 2 mirror those of the summative units 3 and 4. The course culminates in a Queensland-wide external exam written under test conditions that includes short answer responses and an essay in response to an unseen question. Legal Studies can contribute to an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) calculation.
Modern History is a subject where students examine the recent past so that they may form their own views about the Modern World. Through Modern History, students learn that the past is contestable, as it consists of various perspectives and interpretations. Modern History enables students to empathise with others and make meaningful connections between the past, the present and possible futures. Students of Modern History gain a range of transferable skills that will help them forge their own pathways to personal and professional success, as well as become empathetic and critically-literate citizens.
The course is organised around four themes – ideas and movements in Year 11, national experiences and international experiences in Year 12. In Year 11, students will complete four internal formative assessments. In Year 12, students will complete three internal summative assessments and one external summative assessment. All of the assessment techniques in Modern History help students refine the skills needed in the subject discipline and in any academic field requiring research or critical thinking skills, such as analysis and evaluation.