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Humanities and Social Science

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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 (HASS) is taught for the entire year. HASS subjects provide students with a broad understanding of the world and the high-level analytical skills needed for the twenty-first century.  In Year 9, the HASS learning area is comprised of three subjects: History, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship.

In History, students complete an extended investigation into life during the Industrial Revolution, before commencing a study of World War I. In Economics and Business, students study basic financial risk management and investment types, before investigating global business opportunities. In Civics and Citizenship, students study key democratic and civic issues from Australian history, including the Franklin River Dam dispute and the Eddie Mabo native title case.

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.

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.


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Last reviewed 18 October 2019
Last updated 18 October 2019