Humanities and Social Science


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 World, Places and Liveability, Historical Method and Ancient Worlds, Australian Government and Legal Institutions and Small 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, The Spanish Conquest of the Americas, The Australian Government and Law-Making, Landforms and Landscapes, Changing Nations and Introduction to Economics.

Year 9 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

The Australian Curriculum for Year 9 Humanities and Social Sciences learning areas include History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. HASS subjects provide students with a broad understanding of the world and the high-level analytical skills needed for the twenty-first century. Topics include the Industrial Revolution, World War I, Basic Financial Risk Management, Global Business Opportunities, Global Food Security and Democratic and Civic Issues from Australian History.​​

Year 10 History

Year 10 History is a one semester course in keeping with the requirements of the Australian Curriculum. The course focuses on Australia's recent past and there are three depth studies: Australia's involvement in World War II; Australian rights and freedoms movements; Australian popular culture. Each depth study provides students with opportunities to develop their historical knowledge and understanding, their critical thinking skills, such as analysis and evaluation, as well as their ability to effectively research and write for academic purposes. Students will be assessed in three formats: through both short and extended response to stimulus examinations, as well as a research booklet. The subject is supported by a text book with an on-line capability and is provided through the college text-hire scheme.​

Year 10 Geography

Geography in Year 10 focuses on building skills and understanding of the world around us. Learning is centred around investigating change and management of different environments, and our relationship with those environments. Human well-being in local, national and global contexts is examined to understand how different environments impact on societies and their people.​

​Year 10 Law and Business

This subject is a school-designed subject that is an excellent preparation for the senior subjects, General Legal Studies and Applied Business Studies. It addresses relevant aspects from the Australian Curriculum for Humanities and Social Sciences and further expand on the learnings from Year 9 Law and Business. The Law has a major impact on our daily lives as it establishes the rights and responsibilities to regulate how we conduct ourselves. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the area of criminal law by investigating a criminal law issue.

Students will also delve deeper into the myriad of decisions that businesses need to respond to when marketing their businesses to fit consumer demands as well as keeping abreast of their competitors.​

Senior School Humanities

Legal Studies

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

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.

Last reviewed 31 January 2022
Last updated 31 January 2022