Humanities is a fascinating and enjoyable subject. It helps us understand the changes in societies and countries over time, investigate the development of the world’s resources and try to predict future trends for our lifestyles and the use of our environment.

The skills covered in Humanities encourage students to constantly question and evaluate the world around them and promote stewardship of the environment as global citizens.

The four topics that will be studied are:

Landforms, Landscapes and Changing Nations

A wide-ranging focus from landscapes and landforms around and how they are formed to the adaptations of living things to these landscapes. A case study landscape becomes the focus for a detailed investigation, this part of the course include an excursion to a local coastal landscape.

The second section of the course looks at urban landscapes and the cities we live and their sustainability. Geography inquiry skills are developed using a variety of spatial and digital materials.

The Ancient to the Modern World

This topic further develops inquiry based History skills with a focus on broad aspects of societies. There will be a broad overview of the time period 650 AD to 1750 (Christianity, Trade and the Renaissance).

The first main area of study will be based around the Western and Islamic World in Medieval Europe and Asia. This includes the changing relationships between Islam and the West (The Crusades) and the changing structure of society in regard to crime and punishment or the military and defense systems. The second main focus area will be the Black Death and its effects on the living conditions, beliefs and medical knowledge of the time.

The Material World

The purpose of the unit is to examine the operation of the Australian economy and its attempts to utilise scarce resources to satisfy unlimited wants. The students will be provided opportunities to explore the various roles of consumers and producers in the economy as well as determine the factors that affect their economic decision making. Students will be able to acquire essential skills, which will enable them to manage their resources efficiently in order to maximise the satisfaction of wants. This includes the preparation of personal budgets which help people to make informed choices, the investigation of the impact of marketing to assist in consumer protection, and the exploration of the world of work to allow students to consider their future career pathway.

This course develops the fundamental skills of comprehension, inquiry, analysis and mapping.

Civics and Citizenship

Democracy and law in action.  Students will learn about the freedoms that enable active participation in Australia's democracy within the bounds of law, including freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion and movement.

Key areas of study include:

  • How citizens can participate in Australia's democracy, including use of the electoral system, contact with their elected representatives, use of lobby groups and direct action.
  • How laws are made in Australia through parliaments (statutory law).
  • How laws are made in Australia through the courts (common law).
  • The types of law in Australia, including criminal law, civil law and the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander customary law.
  • Different perspectives about Australia's national identity, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and what it means to be Australian.


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