Humanities

Stage 1 Geography A

Students will demonstrate an understanding of geographical concepts using a range of fieldwork skills, the evaluation of primary and secondary sources and the reporting of information (interpretation, graphical, mapping, evaluation and communication skills). Students will undertake a spatial inquiry to capture, manage, manipulate and analyse data and create a map-based data display. Students will undertake a fieldwork activity where they make observations, record data in the field, then critically analyse the field data. Finally, students will investigate a contemporary geographical issue by collecting, analyzing, and commenting on primary and secondary data and information.

Stage 1 History A & B

Students will complete a minimum of two Source Analysis tasks in which they learn to analyse historical sources of information, including primary and secondary sources. They will complete two Folio tasks, which can include essays and other written tasks, oral presentations, and multimedia tasks. The final task is an Individual Investigation, in which students produce a research assignment on a topic of their choice. Topics covered will be different in each semester, and may include crime and punishment in history, 20th century wars, or rights and struggles in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Stage 1 Legal Studies A

Students will examine the Australian legal system. They will read and write about, discuss, analyse, and debate legal issues (e.g. should age of consent laws be changed; should sperm donors remain anonymous; should the jury system be abolished; should surrogate mothers be able to keep the baby they give birth to). Students will use a variety of methods to investigate legal issues, such as observing the law in action in courts and through various media. They will complete a minimum of two folio tasks, one issues study and one oral or multi-modal presentation on a legal topic.

Stage 1 Society & Culture B

Students will complete a minimum of two tasks where they learn to analyse both primary and secondary sources of information; they will also engage in one Group Task and an Individual Investigation. Students will study a range of contemporary issues throughout this program (e.g. youth subcultures, animal rights, impact of pornography, gender selection).

Stage 2 History (Open Access)

Two SACE Stage 2 History subjects are available through Open Access: Modern History and Australian History. The assessment structure is similar across both subjects. For Modern History, the following topics are likely to be studied from the curriculum: modernisation, imperialism, revolutions, belonging, migration and slavery.

For Australian History, the following topics are likely to be studied: Indigenous Australians, colonialism, bush survival, foreign policy, ideal nation, migration and the present-day. There is a strong focus on Australia from 1788 to the present and includes the impacts on Indigenous Australians and their contact and resistance to European settlement.

Stage 2 Legal Studies (Open Access)

Students will explore Australia’s legal heritage and the dynamic nature of the Australian legal system within a global context. They learn about the structures of the legal system and how it responds to social change and contributes to social change, while acknowledging tradition. Students gain insight into law-making processes of dispute resolution and the administration of justice. They investigate legal perspectives on contemporary issues in society, and reflect on and make informed judgements about the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian legal system.

Stage 2 Society & Culture

Students will complete four Folio tasks of 1500 words each, or the equivalent in multi-modal, two interaction tasks (an oral of 5 minutes duration and a group task) and a 2000 word external investigation. Students will study a range of contemporary social issues selected by the teacher or students (in the case of the group task and the Investigation) based on issues currently being reported on in the media (e.g. domestic violence, asylum seekers, same-sex marriage and surrogacy).