Humanities & Social Sciences (HASS)

The Humanities and Social Sciences learning areas in Years 7 and 8 a focus on History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business. The focus in Years 9 and 10 is History. Year 7s begin with an understanding of what is History, and a study of water as a natural resource, then move on to the geography of Rome, Ancient Rome and Ancient India. Year 8 students begin the year by focussing on the collapse of the Roman Empire before moving onto the rise of Medieval Europe and also complete a unit on urbanisation, investigating the changing human geography of countries, followed by a study of Shogunate Japan and a study of the geomorphology of landscapes and their landforms.

In Year 9 students begin by studying the Industrial Revolution, with a focus on what life was like before the Industrial Revolution and what living and working conditions were like during this time. They then move on to studying the making of the modern world, focussing on Australia from 1750 to the start of World War One in 1918. Students consider the causes, Australia’s involvement and the ANZAC legend. In Year 10 students focus on the inter-war years, the rise of Fascism and Hitler, the causes of World War Two, Australia’s involvement and the Holocaust. Throughout the course students have opportunities to complete depth studies considering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, examining the similarities, differences, successes and short-comings of the American and Australian Civil Rights Movements and also consider how popular culture reflects what is going on in society at any given time.

Learning Opportunities: In each year level, students have the opportunity to participate in excursions and competitions and hear from guest speakers, focussing on specific areas that compliment the curriculum. In Year 7, representatives from Nita Ed teach students about Ancient Australia, looking at human migration and ancient tools. In Year 8 fire stick farming is explored as part of the Geography curriculum. In Year 9, students participate in the Gumnuts to Buttons activity. This powerful program provides students with a view of European settlement through the eyes of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The focus in Year 10 is the Australian Referendum of 1967 and the implications for Tasmanian Aboriginal people, complimenting the material covered during the unit on the Australian Civil Rights Movement. These opportunities enable our students to receive a deeper and more authentic understanding of Australia’s history. In Year 7, all students participate in a tour of Parliament House, fitting in well with the Civics and Citizenship component of the course. Students are strongly encouraged to enter the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize and the Simpson Prize. We have a proud history of previous Frank MacDonald winners, both students and staff.


Elective courses in Years 9 and 10: Learners in Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to pursue continued study of HASS by partaking in the following Elective courses:

Business & the Economy, exploring Australian businesses and the factors that influence them at local, national and global levels. Students put their business knowledge into practice by running their own small business within the college, and also participate in the Australian Stock Exchange Schools Sharemarket Game as a practical example of influences on markets.

Geography - this subject focuses on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. In Year 9 students study Biomes and Food Security and Geographies of Interconnections and in Year 10, Environmental Change in Management and Geographies of Human Wellbeing.

History Extended – this subject looks at how the times and places we live in affect us, shaping our attitude and experiences of life. Topics studied are of special relevance to our world today and are partly guided by student interest, particularly the inquiry based component of the course.

Introduction to Working with Children - This course provides students with the opportunity to build a solid understanding of what it takes to work in a professional capacity in the community service industry. Students examine influences and build understanding of how to support and help children develop and learn through play at various developmental stages.

Introduction to Psychology & Sociology – This subject is studied in Year 9 and provides an outline of the history of psychology and sociology and explores a range of topics using practical experiments and research methodology. This elective focusses mainly on Sociology, exploring the following areas of study: history, socialisation, social isolation, media, crime and deviance and social conformity.

Psychology – This subject is offered in Year 10 focussing on the history of psychology, dreaming and sleep, different areas of psychology, personality, pseudo psychology, mental illness and the nature vs nurture debate. Psychologists seek empirical evidence (objective and observable) based on scientific observation.