SOCIAL SCIENCE – HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY
Why study Social Science?
Social Science continues as a core subject in Years 9 and 10. Within this subject, Australian CurriculumHistory and
Geography are studied. The course is intended to provide students with the skills necessary to make sense of the
world they inhabit, to exercise judgment and responsibility in matters of morality, ethics and social justice and to
become active and informed citizens. They will also develop a sound understanding of the wider global context
in which they are operating.
The course is student-centred and multi-disciplinary. Learning how to participate in social inquiry, critical thinking
and problem solving is the basis of the program. It is designed to foster a commitment to lifelong learning.
What is studied in Social Science?
In Year 9, students explore the complex and exciting history of the making of the modern world covering the
period of 1750-1918. They study the changing political ideas and attitudes towards women through an
investigation into the Suffragette Movement. They also engage in historical inquiry by looking at the nature and
significance of key revolutions and WorldWar I and the impact these had on people globally and at home. Finally,
the Geography unit in Term 4 focuses on Australia’s connection to the Asia-Pacific Region.
In Year 10 the theme is “The Modern World”. Students learn about the causes and course of World War II and
the ColdWar aftermath. They also study Human Rights through an investigation of Indigenous People of Australia.
Finally the course concludes with a geography unit looking at natural and human-made disasters in the
Assessment for both years involves objective tests, research assignments, research essays and spoken tasks.
Library research involving both print and electronic media resources are essential features of the course.
The Social Sciences course contains many elements
which relate directly to themes and skills in the
Economics and Modern History courses. Capable Social
Science students also understand the links which can be
made to the Study of Religion course.