MSC Humanities Curriculum

Humanities

In the Victorian Curriculum, the Humanities includes Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

The Humanities provide a framework for students to examine the complex processes that have shaped the modern world and to investigate responses to different challenges including people’s interconnections with the environment.

In Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business, students explore the systems that shape society, with a specific focus on legal and economic systems. Students learn about Australia’s role in global systems, and are encouraged to appreciate democratic principles and to contribute as active, informed and responsible citizens.

In History and Geography, students explore the processes that have shaped and which continue to shape different societies and cultures, to appreciate the common humanity shared across time and distance, and to evaluate the ways in which humans have faced and continue to face different challenges.

Year 7

In Year 7 students combine their studies of the humanities (History, Geography, Economics and Civics and Citizenship) with their studies of English. This very wide range of studies is allocated eight periods each week with the same teacher. Students undertake a number of both small and more extended tasks that address these different areas in conjunction with the texts (particularly novels) studied.

Years 8 - 10

Year 8, 9 and 10 students study Humanities for 4 periods each week as one of their core subjects. Year 9 & 10 students may also choose Project 109 and Adventure Challenge as electives.

VCE

Currently, Outdoor & Environmental Studies, History and Legal Studies are offered to VCE students.
The Humanities aims to ensure students develop:
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the values, principles, institutions and practices of Australia’s system of democratic government and law, and the role of the citizen in Australian government and society
  • an understanding of the work and business environments within the Australian economy and its interactions and relationships with the global economy, in particular the Asia region
  • knowledge, understandings and skills that will enable them to participate actively and ethically in the local, national, regional and global economy as economically, financially and business-literate citizens.
  • a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world
  • a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society