The Humanities Profile

Economics, Geography and History

Economics

Human wants exceed society’s resources and production capacity. Economics is the study of how different societies allocate and manage scarce resources to satisfy the wants and needs of its members. All people are touched by economic decisions on multiple occasions every day which significantly determines the well-being of individuals and nations. Economics is concerned with human social behaviour: the behaviour of individuals and the interactions amongst them. The study of Economics provides students with the knowledge and skills to engage with economic matters and to consider the effects of alternative economic decisions on themselves and others. Not only can they manage their personal affairs better, they can be more effective and productive members of society.

In their study of Economics, students will gain knowledge and skills with which to engage in economic matters and to consider the effects of alternative economic decisions, on themselves and on others. Students will therefore be in a better position to:

  • act rationally and ethically when making economic and personal financial decisions
  • appreciate the complexity of economic decision making
  • understand the economic decisions which may made by others

Geography

Geography is the study of physical and human environments from a spatial perspective. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to observe and describe places on the surface of the Earth and to analyse and provide explanations from a spatial perspective of human and physical phenomena, as well as their complex interactions. Students’ evolving understanding of their world provides a basis for evaluating strategies for the sustainable use and management of the world’s resources.

The essential skills students develop in Geography are the abilities to:

Identify and collect evidence from:

  • primary sources through fieldwork
  • secondary sources, including maps at a variety of scales, photographs, satellite images, statistical data
  • information and communications technology based resources

As well as recording, representing and interpreting data in different types of maps, graphs, tables, sketches, diagrams and photographs.

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History

History is the study of the past, from ancient civilisations to yesterday’s news. It provides students with knowledge, skills and behaviours to understand themselves and their world,and  to then apply these understanding in their present lives and in consideration of the futures they desire.

The key concepts and skills students develop in History are the abilities to:

Analyse and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources such as artefacts, written documents, graphic film, Internet and media.

Develop skills in critical inquiry: framing questions, organising inquiries, identifying the origins of sources, identifying values and beliefs underpinning them, and using the language of history.

Demonstrate understanding in a variety of forms such as timelines, oral and multimedia presentations, narratives and film.

Economics, Geography and History

  • Power and Control
  • Relationships
  • Environment
  • Communication and the media
  • Technology
  • Lifestyles

Enrichment

  • Social Service (various activities)
  • Grade 6 Graduation
  • Leadership
  • Junior School Council
  • House Captains
  • Monitors
  • Peer Mediation
  • Buddy programs