Arts & Humanities Department
The Department of Humanities covers the subjects Modern History, Study of Society and the Environment, History, Drama and Art.
The Humanities Department seeks to provide students with the skills necessary in order for them to become lifelong learners.
A lifelong learner is someone who is:
- A knowledgeable person with deep understanding
- A complex thinker
- A creative person
- An active investigator
- An effective communicator
- A participant in an interdependent world
- A reflective and self-directed learner.
Head of Department
Mrs Andrea Williams
- Junior School – Studies of Society & Environment (SOSE) / History [Year 8], Drama [Years 9/10], Art [Years 8/9/10]
- Senior School – Modern History, Art, Visual Art Studies and Drama
Junior History and SOSE
Students undertake SOSE in Semester 1 of year 8.
The key learning areas of SOSE centre on human fascination with the way people interact with each other and with environments.
Year 8 SOSE - 1 Semester
- Where on Earth am I? (mapping and core Geography skills)
- Foot prints (human impact on the environment)
In History students develop historical understanding through key concepts including evidence, continuity and charge, cause and effect, perspective, empathy, significance and contestability.
Historical inquiry is investigated through the historical knowledge and understanding and historical skills focus of the Semester units.
Year 8 History - 1 Semester
- Renaissance / Italy
- Shogunate Japan
- The Spanish Conquest of the Americas
Year 9 History - 1 Semester
- Industrial Revolution
- Making a Nation
- World War I
Year 10 History - 1 Semester
- World War II
- Rights and Freedoms
- Migration Experiences
Senior Subjects that flow on from Geography and History include:
- Modern History
Modern History provides students with the opportunity to make connections between current affairs and the past. NB: This is an Authority Subject
Themes studied in the Course:
- Studies of Conflict
- Studies of Power
- The History of Ideas and People
- Studies of Diversity
- The Individual in History
- Historical Inquiry
Inquiry Topics Include:
- The Arab-Israeli Dispute
- Indo-China and East Timor
- Fascism and the rise of Nazi Germany
- The Cold War
- Racial and Cultural Diversity
- Leadership in Times of Trouble & Change
Students are given the opportunity to study Drama in Years 9 and 10. These modules are suitable for all students, and provide challenges for beginning actors/directors as well as those with many years experience. Students are introduced to the Elements of Drama in these modules.
In Senior Drama, students will develop a more complex understanding of the Elements of Drama. NB: This is an Authority Subject.
- Epic Theatre
- Theatre of the Absurd
- Auditioning Skills
- Australian Theatre (including Indigenous and Gothic styles)
- Elizabethan Theatre
The Junior School Art program allows students to explore a variety of arts practices which seek to engage students in meaningful experiences. Art involves manipulating visual art elements, concepts, processes and forms (both 2D and 3D) to express ideas and consider specific purposes, through images and objects.
- Drawing and mixed media
- Computer art
- Painting I
- Painting II
Visual Art - Senior Authority Art
The units of work and the underpinning convepts should provide students with opportunities to progress along a learning continuum that develops from DIVERSIFICATION in Year 11 to SPECIALISATION in Year 12. Thus students should be making increasingly independent selections of focuses and media areas.
- Diversification (Year 11)
- Spaces and Places
- Social Identity
- Specialisation (Year 12)
- Being Human - "The Internal"
- Being Human - "The External"
Visual Art Studies (Authority Registered Subject)
The Year 11/12 Visual Art Studies course endeavours to develop in students, skills, processes and techniques and experiences in the practice of the visual arts.
- Fine Art
- Community Arts
Arts & Humanities Curriculum Information
Further information on all department curriculum offerings are offered in pdf files by clicking the links below:
Senior Subject Information
Junior Subject Information