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Humanities

 

Welcome to the Humanities faculty at William Ross State High School.

Humanities includes the study of History and Geography. The Humanities teaching team are experienced, knowledgeable, and highly motivated to support your child in achieving the best possible educational outcome. 
 
JUNIOR SECONDARY
 
Humanities
Humanities is a core subject in years 7, 8 & 9 and is studied by all students. It is based on the ACARA Curriculum and adheres to QCAA specifications for marking.
 
Each year students will study one semester of History and one semester of Geography. The Geography units studied are categorised as either Human or Environmental Geography. The History units of study are chronological; in Year 7 the focus is Ancient History, Year 8 is Medieval History, Year 9 & 10 is Modern History. As per syllabus recommendations there is a concentration on the Australasia region.
 
Extra-curricular and excursion opportunities available by studying this subject may include: field trips to collect primary data in Geography, or the completion of the Australian Geography or History competition/s.
 
SENIOR SECONDARY
 
In Senior Secondary students can elect to study Authority (tertiary) subjects including: Ancient History, Modern History & Geography.
 
ANCIENT HISTORY - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisite - Students should have at least a "B" achievement in year 10 English.

Through the study of Ancient History, we can understand how the modern world has been influenced by the peoples and achievements of the distant past. Through a study of early peoples and cultures, we can understand the processes of change and continuity that have shaped today’s world, their causes, and the roles people have played in those processes. We develop these understandings through processes of critical inquiry.
 
Some themes deal with specific geographical regions and civilisations, such as society and government in Greece and Rome, pharaonic Egypt, and ancient China and India. Others allow students to study ancient societies using a central concept, such as power, conflict, religion, the arts, and everyday life.
 

MODERN HISTORY - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
Pre-requisite - Students should have at least a "B" achievement in year 10 English and a "B" in Humanities.

Through the study of Modern History, students can understand why our modern world is the way it is. They can understand the processes of change and continuity that have shaped today’s world, their causes, and the roles people have played in those processes. They can understand that there are relationships between our needs and interests and a range of historical topics, people and events. At a personal level, Modern History helps students to identify their social location, their place in time and their heritage within a distinctive culture. Students develop these understandings through processes of critical inquiry, debate and reflection, and by empathising with the views of others.
 
Themes develop broad concepts, such as conflict, power, change, cooperation, the environment.

Assessment in senior Ancient History is criterion-based and is designed to help students to demonstrate achievement in the objectives of the syllabus. The criteria used are: Planning and using a historical research process, Forming historical knowledge through critical inquiry, and Communicating historical knowledge.
 
GEOGRAPHY - Authority QCE POINTS: 4
​Pre-requisites - Students should have at least a "B" achievement in year 10 English and a "B" in Humanities.

Geography is about the study of human and natural characteristics of places, and the interactions between them. It is a rich and complex discipline which includes two vital dimensions:  
  • the spatial dimension, which focuses on where things are and why
  • the ecological dimension, which considers how humans interact with environments.
 
Geography prepares students for adult life by developing in them an informed perspective. This perspective will develop across the two-year course of study through a range of scales, including local, regional, national and global scales. Geographically informed citizens understand the many interdependent spheres in which they live, and make informed judgments to improve their community, state, country and the world.​

The senior Geography syllabus is designed around four themes. Each theme offers a range of focus and elective units, providing flexibility and choice for both students and teachers. Across the two-year course students should study a range of geographical locations and issues through a range of scales, including local, regional, national, and global scales.
 
Geography is of benefit for tertiary study and employment in the following areas: defence forces, urban design, journalism, education, real estate, mining, meteorology, public service, public relations, agriculture, anthropology, architecture, environmental studies, engineering, economics and commerce, geology, psychology, social work, surveying, and tourism.