Humanities

Humanities incorporates subject areas of History, Geography, Politics and Commerce. Within these disciplines, our students develop an understanding about the past, learn about the actions of individuals, organisations and governments and build a knowledge of the world around them. Humanities assists students in developing essential life skills including critical thinking, writing and analytical skills.

Years 7 and 8

  • Students complete a compulsory semester length unit in History and Geography.
  • Topics include:
    • History – The Ancient to the Modern world (60 000 BC – 1750), Civilisations (Egypt, China, Rome), Vikings and the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
    • Geography – mapping skills, fieldwork, weather, livability and migration.

Years 9 and 10

  • Students complete a compulsory semester length unit in History and Geography.
  • Topics include:
    • History – The making of the Modern World and Australia (1750-1945), Federation, WWI, Indigenous Civil Rights, Migration and WWII.
    • Geography – mapping skills, fieldwork, biomes, land degradation and wellbeing

Electives are offered in the following areas:

  • Commerce
  • History
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Business Management

“Our students across Years 7 to 12 had great opportunities to learn about some fascinating moments in History. From Ancient Egypt, Medieval Europe, to the Vietnam War and World War II, as well as exploring Australia’s involvement in World War I, these topics have been both eye and mind opening.

Bringing a creative and hands-on approach to learning experiences allows students to fully immerse themselves in each subject. Whether it’s been crafting models or wreaths, incursions or excursions across the city, moving ANZAC services or speaking with Holocaust survivors, these offer memorable and personal aspects that endure long after class finishes.   

It’s been a pleasure to see each learner flourish throughout the year and we trust they’ll bring their learnings from History into greater perspectives as they move through life.”

Meaghan Ryan & Kirk Thomson
Learning Area Leaders – History

VCE Humanities

Students may select from the following Year 11 and Year 12 units of study:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • History
    • Twentieth Century History
    • Revolutions
    • Australian History
  • Legal Studies
  • Politics

“Medieval Day was interesting because we got to learn about many different things that happened in those times. Archery was really fun because we got to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow and see how far and high we can shoot the arrow. For Crime and Punishment, we got to learn about how people were tested and prisoned in medieval times. Our favourite activity was Archery. It was a really fun day!”

Akira T. & Lucas R. – Year 8

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