Year 7 - 10:Society & Environment includes the study of History, Geography, Economics and Political & Legal units over the course of lower school.
The Society and Environment Learning Area develops student's understandings of how and why individuals and groups live together; interact with and within their environment; manage resources; and create institutions and systems. Students further understand that, over time, these relationships and interactions may change to varying degrees.
Students develop these understandings through processes of social inquiry, environmental appraisal, ethical analysis and the skills to constructively critique various perspectives from past and present contexts. They are encouraged to apply their understandings and skills in their own lives, in developing environmental consciousness, social competence and civic responsibility. In doing so, they are engaged in actively exploring, making sense of and contributing to improving the world around them.
In Society and Environment students are taught a wide-ranging combination of skills drawing in ideas from many sources. This ability to view issues from a wider perspective is appropriate for working in many different areas. Society and Environment courses foster transferable skills and flexibility and provide a firm base for life-long learning.
- Employers want people with good communication skills: Our courses include a wide range of written and oral skills writing essays, projects and oral presentations. - Employers want people who can work in a team: Fieldwork, group work and investigation is an essential component of our courses and is an ideal setting in which to develop teamwork and leadership skills. - Employers want people who can manage themselves: The preparation of assessment investigations or inquiries fosters such skills. - Employers want people who can analyse their work: Society and Environment investigations test hypotheses and involve analysis. - Employers want people who are numerate and literate: Our students are used to manipulating and interpreting sources, data and preparing reports, which encourages conciseness and clarity in the use of language. - Employers want people who can ask questions and then find the answers: Our students can pose problems and then investigate the answers. They can undertake complex decision-making exercises using information at a variety of scales. - Employers want people who are computer literate: In Society and Environment we use ITC in many aspects of their work, for data collection, through the Internet, analysing spreadsheets, sources all vital skills, especially in a commercial business environment. - Employers want people who are spatially aware: Students' use maps all the time. Mapping has witnessed a revolution in recent years by harnessing remote sensing from satellites, and the development of geographic information systems that are increasingly used in geography lessons. - Employers want people who are environmentally and socially aware: Our students understand the links between places, people and culture. They can look at complex systems in a straightforward way.
For more specific informaiton about aspects of the The Society and the Environment Curriculum click on headings below for the Year 11 and 12 subject specific information.
Entry Requirements Entry into a Year 11 2A or 2B course in Modern History, Geography and Economics requires the attainment of preferably a B grade in Year 10 Society and Environment, and for Year 11 1A and 1B Modern History a C grade is preferable in Year 10 Society and Environment-in Year 12 the student progresses to study Politics and Law 1A and 1B.