Humanities and Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) curriculum area develops students’ 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. Students are encouraged to apply their understandings and skills in their own lives, in developing environmental consciousness, social competence and civic responsibility.

HASS involves the study of history, geography and economics and encompasses studies of:

  • The environment;
  • Sustainability;
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and history;
  • Asia; and
  • Civics and Citizenship

Studying Humanities and Social Sciences helps students understand how particular social, cultural, economic and environmental events from throughout history define peoples’ life experiences. Knowledge of these events helps students to develop the ability to contribute to our culturally diverse society as reasonable and informed citizens.


Course Information:

Years 7 to 10

Years 11 and 12


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Career Pathways:

Identifying what you’re good at and interested in can lead to a successful career. If you enjoy Humanities and Social Sciences or achieve good results in this curriculum area there are a wide range of occupations which might interest you. Click on the links below to read more about careers related to the Humanities and Social Sciences;



Through studying humanities and social sciences, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change.