Humanities and Social Sciences

All students at MacKillop Catholic College have the opportunity to learn about the world we live in when they study subjects of the Humanities area: Studies of Society and Environment (SoSE).

The Australian Curriculum for the Humanities and Social Sciences plays an important role in harnessing students’ curiosity and imagination about the world they live in and empowers them to actively shape their lives; make reflective, informed decisions; value their belonging in a diverse and dynamic society; and positively contribute locally, nationally, regionally and globally.

Australian Curriculum

Students who study SoSE develop skills in questioning, research, analysis, communication and critical thinking. There are opportunities to demonstrate these skills through written, verbal, dramatic, visual and digital means in the creation of a portfolio which is assessed against the achievement standard of the Australian Curriculum.

SoSE is a compulsory subject and all students in 7-10 undertake this course. In Year 7 and 8 students will study units of History, Geography, Business and Economics, and Civics and Citizenship. In Year 9 and 10 students will study History.

All students are encouraged to extend their learning and interests by participating in various competitions, when available, such as the Australian History Competition, the History Challenge and the Australian Geography Competition.

In particular, Year 9 and 10 History students are encouraged to enter the Simpson Prize and Frank MacDonald Prize. In Business, Economics and Enterprise, students participate in the ASX Sharemarket Game and the $20 Boss School Challenge.

Aims of the SoSE learning area

  • Students will undertake various projects, demonstrating skills in inquiry research, analysis and communication.
  • Students will recognise how the past has influenced the present.
  • Students to become more informed and active citizens.

Electives for Year 9 and 10

Students have the opportunity to choose any of these elective subjects:

  • Geography
  • Business, Economics and Enterprise
  • Psychology and Sociology
  • Student Directed Inquiry (Year 10 only)

For more information please see the 2021 Subject Selection Handbook Final.

Assessment and Reporting

All students develop a portfolio of work, including Common Assessment Tasks, which is used for assessment. In Years 9 and 10 students may have examinations in SoSE.

Australian Curriculum – Studies of Society and Environment