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Humanities and Social Science

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YEAR 7

Humanities and Social Science is broken into two core disciplines: History and Geography.  In History, student learning will focus on the ancient world.  In Geography, student learning will focus on water in the world and place and liveability.

YEAR 8

Humanities and Social Science is broken into two core disciplines: History and Geography.  In History, student learning will focus on the ancient world to the modern world.  In Geography, student learning will focus on landforms and landscapes and changing nations.

YEAR 9

Humanities and Social Science is broken into two core disciplines: History and Geography.  In History, student learning will focus on the making of the modern world.  In Geography, student learning will focus on biomes and food security and geographies of interconnection.

YEAR 10

In the Humanities and Social Sciences students explore social, environmental, cultural, economic and political systems in a variety of contexts. The major focus of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of people and their surroundings in different times and places. Students develop skills to help them investigate controversial and challenging issues, and develop the ability to think critically about the world around them.  The Year 10 curriculum is the final stage in the compulsory requirements for History.  Consequently, students are required to complete one semester each of Geography and History developed from the Australian curriculum. 

 YEAR 11 & 12

Ancient History – General Senior Subject

Ancient History provides opportunities for students to study people, societies and civilisations of the past, from the development of the earliest human communities to the end of the Middle Ages. Students explore the interaction of societies, and the impact of individuals and groups on ancient events and ways of life, and study the development of some features of modern society, such as social organisation, systems of law, governance and religion.  Students analyse and interpret archaeological and written evidence. They develop increasingly sophisticated skills and understandings of historical issues and problems by interrogating the surviving evidence of ancient sites, societies, individuals and significant historical periods. They investigate the problematic nature of evidence, pose increasingly complex questions about the past and formulate reasoned responses.   Students gain multi-disciplinary skills in analysing textual and visual sources, constructing arguments, challenging assumptions, and thinking both creatively and critically.

Modern History – General Senior Subject

Modern History provides opportunities for students to gain historical knowledge and understanding about some of the main forces that have contributed to the development of the Modern World and to think historically and form a historical consciousness in relation to these same forces.  Modern History enables students to empathise with others and make meaningful connections between the past, present and possible futures.  Students learn that the past is contestable and tentative. Through inquiry into ideas, movements, national experiences and international experiences they discover how the past consists of various perspectives and interpretations.  Students gain a range of transferable skills that will help them become empathetic and critically-literate citizens who are equipped to embrace a multicultural, pluralistic, inclusive, democratic, compassionate and sustainable future.

Geography – General Senior Subject

Geography focuses on the significance of ‘place’ and ‘space’ in understanding our world. Students engage in a range of learning experiences that develop their geographical skills and thinking through the exploration of geographical challenges and their effects on people, places and the environment.  Students investigate places in Australia and across the globe to observe and measure spatial, environmental, economic, political, social and cultural factors. They interpret global concerns and challenges including responding to risk in hazard zones, planning sustainable places, managing land cover transformations and planning for population change. They develop an understanding of the complexities involved in sustainable planning and management practices.  Students observe, gather, organise, analyse and present data and information across a range of scales. They engage in real-world applications of geographical skills and thinking, including the collection and representation of data.

Social & Community Studies – Applied Senior Subject

Social & Community Studies focuses on personal development and social skills which lead to self- reliance, self-management and concern for others. It fosters appreciation of, and respect for, cultural diversity and encourages responsible attitudes and behaviours required for effective participation in the community and for thinking critically, creatively and constructively about their future.  Students develop personal, interpersonal, and citizenship skills, encompassing social skills, communication skills, respect for and interaction with others, building rapport, problem solving and decision making, self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience, workplace skills, learning and study skills.  Students use an inquiry approach in collaborative learning environments to investigate the dynamics of society and the benefits of working with others in the community. They are provided with opportunities to explore and refine personal values and lifestyle choices and to practise, develop and value social, community and workplace participation skills.

Tourism – Applied Senior Subject

Tourism studies enable students to gain an appreciation of the role of the tourism industry and the structure, scope and operation of the related tourism sectors of travel, hospitality and visitor services.  Students examine the socio-cultural, environmental and economic aspects of tourism, as well as tourism opportunities, problems and issues across global, national and local contexts.  Students develop and apply tourism-related knowledge and understanding through learning experiences and assessment in which they plan projects, analyse issues and opportunities, and evaluate concepts and information.
 
If you require any further information, please contact Mr Robert Parker, HOD - Humanities and Social Sciences and Languages on rpark45@eq.edu.au
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Last reviewed 04 June 2020
Last updated 04 June 2020