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Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. In the Western Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.
History develops students’ curiosity and imagination. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped our world. A range of topics are covered, spanning ancient to modern times.
Geography is a way of exploring, analysing and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world. There is a key focus on looking at interconnections between people and places. Local, national and global issues are studied.
Economics and Business explores the ways individuals, families, the community, businesses and governments make decisions in relation to the allocation of resources. It aims to enable students to understand the process of economic and business decision-making and its effects on themselves and others, now and in the future.
Civics and Citizenship aims to develop active and informed citizens who participate in and sustain Australia’s democracy. Students investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in both a local, national and global context.
By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively. The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.