Humanities & Social Sciences

Our Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) program covers units from History, Geography, Economics and Careers & Civics. The program has been structured to include both understanding and skills required of each unit and has been mapped to prepare students to undertake Senior School courses. 

The History program promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It helps students appreciate how the world and its people have changed, as well as the significant continuities that exist to the present day. History, as a discipline, has its own methods and procedures which make it different from other ways of understanding human experience.

The Geography program integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

The study of Economics and Careers develops the knowledge, understanding and skills that will inform students about the economy and encourage them to participate in and contribute to it. The curriculum examines those aspects of Economics and Careers that underpin decision-making at personal, local, national, regional and global levels. Students learn to appreciate the interdependence of decisions made, as well as the effects of these decisions on themselves, consumers, businesses, governments and other economies.

For further information contact Peter Sharpe, Head of Learning Area: