Humanities offer students the opportunities to develop skills to function efficiently, positively and establish values that shape their attitudes and beliefs. Studying Humanities prepares students for adult life by developing in them an informed perspective and provide meaning to their own life.

Junior Curriculum Overview

Year 7: Semester Course                                                       

  • Term of History 
  • Term of Geography 

Year 8: Year Course

  • Semester of History
  • Semester of Geography

Year 9: Year Course                                                               

  • Semester of History       
  • Term of Geography
  • Term of Civics     

Year 10: 3 Terms

  • Two terms of History
  • Term of Legal and Geography

Senior Curriculum

Students may choose from the following senior subjects offered within the Humanities area:

  • Ancient History – Provides students with the opportunity 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. They will study the developments of some features of modern society, such as social organisation, systems of law, governance and religion.
  • 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. Students will 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.
  • Legal Studies – Focuses on the interaction between society and the discipline of law and explores the role and development of law in response to current issues. Students study the legal system and how it regulates activities and aims to protect the rights of individuals, while balancing these with obligations and responsibilities. Students study the foundations of law, the criminal justice process and the civil justice system. They critically examine issues of governance, explore contemporary issues of law and reform and change, and consider Australian and International human rights issues.
  • 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, 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.
  • Tourism – Enables 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.

Extra Curricula and other activities

  • Excursions
  • Competitions
  • Archaeological Dig

Head of Department - Mel Atkinson email:

Last reviewed 20 August 2019
Last updated 20 August 2019