Curriculum Overview

Humanities studies aim to foster an appreciation for the role of humans in the world in which we live.

 The Humanities learning area aims to foster an appreciation of past and present societies, the natural environment and commercial systems within which we live. Studies in this area focus on developing knowledge of the historical, current and potential part people play in the environment, economy and society in general.  Subjects offered in this learning area include: Geography, History, Law and Civics, Money & Markets, Careers and Industry, Business Management, Legal Studies and Economics.

We have endeavoured to provide students with a holistic learning experience which extends beyond the walls of the classroom to the wider world which covers a range of social, environmental, political, legal and economic systems with consideration for the personal, local, national and global perspective. Studies in this area promote life-long learning and encourage students to develop key 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, decision-making, research, analysis and communication skills, which will better enable them to be active, adaptable, respectful and informed citizens.

Subjects Offered in Humanities

The study of both Geography and History are compulsory at Years 7 & 8. The focus is on skill development. For Geography this is centred on the earth: its features and resources, and the interconnections between people and place. Our History focus is aimed at developing historical skills and knowledge of key people and events for a particular period from the past.

At Year 9 students have two compulsory areas of study: Geography and Economics, and History and Civics. The Geography and Economics continues to build on the geographical skills formed in the junior years and introduces the economy as a complex system used to allocate resources, its participants and Australia’s role in the global economy. Likewise the History and Civics builds on students’ historical knowledge and skills, while introducing Australia’s government, our role in peacekeeping and the UN.

As students move into Year 10 they can choose to study the following: Geography, History and Commerce. Geography and History continue to build on relevant skills and prepare students for the study of these subjects at VCE level. Commerce is designed to extend students’ knowledge and skills in the areas of economics, business and personal finance.

VCE subjects currently offered include:

VCE Business Management examines the ways businesses manage resources to achieve objectives. The VCE Business Management Study Design follows the process from the initial idea for a business concept, to planning and establishing a business, through to the day-to-day management of a business. It also considers changes that need to be made to ensure the continued success of a business. Students develop an understanding of the complexity of the challenges facing decision-makers in managing businesses and their resources. A range of management theories is considered and compared with management in practice through contemporary case studies drawn from the past four years. Students learn to propose and evaluate alternative strategies in response to contemporary challenges in establishing and operating a business.

VCE Economics is the study of how resources are allocated to meet the needs and wants of society. It attempts to explain how and why people behave the way they do and the consequences of their decision-making. By unpacking the economic considerations around how to best meet the needs and wants of citizens, the study of Economics provides students with valuable insight into issues that may affect them both individually and as members of society. Economics assists us in making more informed and responsible decisions and in making a contribution to public debate as active citizens.

VCE Legal Studies examines the institutions and principles which are essential to Australia’s legal system. Students develop an understanding of the rule of law, law-makers, key legal institutions, rights protection in Australia, and the justice system. Through applying knowledge of legal concepts and principles to a range of actual and/or hypothetical scenarios, students develop their ability to use legal reasoning to argue a case for or against a party in a civil or criminal matter. They consider and evaluate recent and recommended reforms to the criminal and civil justice systems, and engage in an analysis of the extent to which our legal institutions are effective and our justice system achieves the principles of justice. For the purposes of this study, the principles of justice are fairness (fair legal processes are in place, and all parties receive a fair hearing); equality (all people treated equally before the law, with an equal opportunity to present their case); and access (understanding of legal rights and ability to pursue their case).

VCE Geography allows students to explore, analyse and come to understand the characteristics of places that make up our world. Geographers are interested in key questions concerning places and geographic phenomena: What is there? Where is it? Why is it there? What are the effects of it being there? How is it changing over time? How could, and should, it change in the future? How is it different from other places and phenomena? How are places and phenomena connected? Students explore these questions through fieldwork, the use of geospatial technologies and investigation of a wide range of secondary sources. These methods underpin the development of a unique framework for understanding the world, enabling students to appreciate its complexity, the diversity and interactions of its environments, economies and cultures, and the processes that helped form and transform these.

VCE History is a dynamic discipline that involves structured inquiry into the human actions, forces and conditions (social, political, economic, cultural, environmental and technological) that have shaped the past and present. To make meaning of the past, historians use historical sources, which include primary sources and historical interpretations. Historians analyse and evaluate evidence and use this when constructing historical arguments. As historians ask new questions, revise interpretations, or discover new sources, fresh understandings about the past come to light.

Although history deals with the particular – specific individuals and key events – the potential scope of historical inquiry is vast and formed by the questions that historians pursue, the availability of historical sources, and the capacity of historians to interpret those sources. VCE History reflects this by enabling students to explore a variety of eras and periods, events, people, places and ideas.

Modern History examines the causes and consequences of conflict and change in the modern era. Revolutions explores the causes and consequences of significant social upheaval (America, France, Russia and China) in the modern period.