The Humanities Faculty aims to equip students with a strong sense of place in the world as citizens with a voice, and with the desire and capacity to make a difference. Numerous issues under discussion in all four disciplines can be interlinked in many ways and serve to help students make relevant connections with the past, their rights and their place at the local, national and global level. Students are also equipped with the skills necessary to make increasingly difficult decisions regarding current issues.
Teaching and learning
The Humanities curriculum consists of four disciplines:
History, Civics and Citizenship, Geography and Economics.
Both History and Geography are taught separately in order to gain a greater appreciation for these disciplines in their own right.
Civics and Citizenship is integrated in appropriate places throughout the History course, just as Geography has many entry points for topics in Economics throughout Years 7–10.
History is organised into two strands:
Historical Concepts and Skills and Historical Knowledge.
The underpinning concepts and skills of sequencing chronology, using historical sources as evidence, identifying continuity and change, analysing causes and effects and determining historical significance are explicit in this structure.
In terms of content, students investigate the Ancient World (in Year 7), Medieval Society (in Year 8) and Modern History (in Year 9).
In Year 10, students have the opportunity to choose from different elective History courses.
Geography is structured in two strands:
Geographical Concepts and Skills, and Geographical knowledge.
There are seven concepts that underpin the Victorian Curriculum Geography: Place, Space, Interconnection, Scale, Change, Environment and Sustainability. These concepts are developed through both strands and related sub-strands.
In terms of content, students investigate the topics of:
Year 7 Water, Place and Liveability
Year 8 Coasts, Mountains, Natural Disasters and Migration
Year 9 Biomes and Food Security
Year 10 – students can choose a Geography elective course, which prepares them for VCE Geography.
Civics and Citizenship
Through the study of Civics and Citizenship, students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in past and contemporary societies. They gain the knowledge and skills necessary to question, understand and contribute to the world in which they live.
Civics and Citizenship is integrated in appropriate places throughout the History course; for example, in Year 8 students compare medieval and contemporary political and legal systems.
The Economics curriculum explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It enables students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making at the personal, local, national, regional and global levels and the effects of these decisions on themselves and others, now and in the future.
Economics is integrated in appropriate places throughout the Geography course; for example, students in Year 8 and 9 focus their attention on resource allocation and making choices.
Preparation for VCE
A wide range of thinking skills are taught and built on throughout Years 7–10, preparing students for other VCE subjects apart from History and Geography, such as Legal Studies, Business Management, Philosophy and Accounting.
The Humanities Faculty is also actively involved in the High Achievers’ Program (HAP)
There are opportunities to enrich the students’ knowledge and appreciation of various aspects and issues currently being studied. The Werribee Zoo has been a favourite destination for students to do field work.
Teachers/actors from Medieval Education give highly entertaining workshops on life from this era.
Development of geospatial skills at all levels allows for many outdoor activities within the school grounds and out, such as to Toolangi Education Centre, Carlton and Blackburn Lake Sanctuary.
All activities allow for ‘hands on’, realistic experiences to add depth to concepts learned in the classroom.
For more information, please contact:
Head of our Humanities Department,
Mr Mark-Viktor Vasgyura,