Human Society and its Environment features History and Geography (100 hours each in Years 7 and 8) with a focus on Australian History and Australian Geography (for 100 hours each) in Years 8 and 10. Specific electives are offered and may include Aboriginal Studies and Commerce, for example.
Geography allows students to develop enjoyment of and interest in the interaction of the physical and human environments. Students will develop geographic knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in order to engage in the community as informed and active citizens.
The two key dimensions forming the basis of Geography studies are spatial dimension (where things are and why they are there) and ecological dimension (how humans interact with environments). In Australian Geography, students learn about the interaction of human and physical geography in a local context.
The History course develops in young people an interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past by providing opportunities for examining events, people and societies from ancient, medieval and modern times and twentieth-century Australia.
Students explore the nature of history, how historians investigate the past and the importance of conserving our heritage. Aspects of the ancient and medieval world are studied, including origins and daily life of the ancient world and beliefs and values of medieval societies.
Significant developments in Australia’s social, political and cultural history, including Federation, the Vietnam War era and our international relations are studied. The nature of colonisation and contact history is also examined, as are the changing rights and freedoms of Aboriginal peoples and other groups in Australia.