HUMANITIES

“It seems to me that the natural world is the greatest source of excitement; the greatest source of visual beauty; the greatest source of intellectual interest. It is the greatest source of so much in life that makes life worth living.”

DAVID ATENBORUGH

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Bayswater Secondary College teaches Humanities according to the Victorian Curriculum F–10, the Humanities includes Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

Year 7

In Year 7 Humanities students undertake a study of History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. In History students investigate ancient worlds and learn and use key historical concepts such as cause and effect. Through a study of water and place, students gain geographic skills and knowledge. Economics and Business sees students gain an understanding of how we all make economic choices and the impact these have on our community and economy. In Civics and Citizenship, students learn about our government and different political systems, ensuring that they understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens.

Year 8

In Year 8 Humanities students undertake a study of History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. In History students learn how societies move from ancient to modern, looking at exploration and colonisation, considering different perspectives of historical events. Students investigate landforms and human settlement patterns in Geography, strengthening their knowledge of the connections between people and place. Students gain important financial literacy skills while studying Economics and Business, and learn about laws and our legal system in Civics and Citizenship.

Year 9

In Year 9 Humanities students undertake a study of History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. Through a study of the industrial revolution and World War I students develop their historical thinking skills and can determine significance when investigating events. In Geography students investigate biomes and food security, analysing data and maps. In Business and Economics, students look at the business environment and how the global market influences local economies. In Civics and Citizenship students further their understanding of citizenship and government.

Students learn how societies move from ancient to modern, looking at exploration and colonisation, considering different perspectives of historical events.

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Year 10

In Year 10 Humanities students undertake a study of History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. In History students investigate World War II and rights and freedoms, linking with their Civics and Citizenship study of identity and diversity. In Geography students gain knowledge of environmental change and how human wellbeing is influenced by this change. Their study of Economics and Business improves their knowledge of the world of work and teaches students about business and enterprise.

Social Justice Elective

Students will explore current events and issues related to social justice in both their community and the wider world. Through an exploration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, students will create and carry out their own project, based around advocacy and awareness raising.