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Social Science


 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. – George Santayana 


Education in the Social Science Department is about increasing people’s understanding of society’s activities.

History and Geography are compulsory subjects under ACARA. 


Subject Outlines 

Year 7 – History (One mandated semester)
-  The Ancient World
The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60,000BC to c.650AD. In particular, students investigate civilisations of the Mediterranean world and The Asian world.
Year 7 – Geography (One mandated semester)
- Water and Place and Liveability
Water is investigated as an example of a renewable environmental resource. The unit explores the many uses of water and the way it connects places as it moves through the environment. Place and liveability examines the factors that places provide us, such as services and facilities. Students should gain the ability to evaluate the liveability of their own place.
Year 8 - History (One mandated semester)
- The Ancient to the Modern World
The Year 8 curriculum provides a study of history from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period (c.650 AD-c.1750). The depth studies for this year level include: The Western and Islamic World, The Asia-Pacific World and Expanding Contacts.
Year 8 - Geography (One mandated semester)
Geography is the investigation and understanding of the earth and its features and the distribution of life on Earth, including human life and its impacts.  Geography answers our questions about why places have their particular environmental and human characteristics.   In Year 8, students will examine Landscapes and Landforms as part of their environmental studies and Changing Nations as part of human characteristics.
Year 9 - Semester 1 (Mandated History)
- The Making of the Modern World
The Year 9 History unit provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. Topics for study may include: Movement of People; Making of Australia and World War One.
Year 10 - Geography Elective (when offered) - All Year
- Tracking diseases in the Modern World
This unit investigates the impacts and distribution of disease. The focus for this unit will be the study of the impact of disease on the people of the world. Students will be presented with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the causes, distribution and control of various diseases in developing and developed nations.   
Year 10 - Semester 2 (Mandated History)
- The Modern World and Australia
The year 10 course of study provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. This study will include World War Two; Rights and Freedoms and Popular Culture.
Assessments, across the range of subjects include a mix of exams, research assignments, practicals and response to stimulus items.
Senior School
The Junior School subjects form a basis for the senior subjects of Ancient and Modern History.  Ancient History examines a number of ancient civilisations from the Egyptians to the Romans. Modern History analyses the causes of World War One and the creation of the modern United States, among other topics.
History students examine ancient Roman coins at UQ.
Mr G. Bishop (HOD Social Science/LOTE)