Our Humanities Department has four tiers of learning opportunities - Core Humanities, Sustainability, Senior Humanities and Entrepreneurial Studies.
Humanities covers the study of History (Ancient, Modern and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies), Geography, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Business and Social Community Studies from Year 7 through to Year 10. At our school the program focuses on the development of reading comprehension, communication skills, high level inquiry, research skills and student engagement in studying the past to define the future.
Years 7 to 10 follow the Australian Curriculum course of study and all students are assessed against national standards and criteria in both knowledge and skills.
Year 9 and 10 students get an option to choose a strand of Humanities to specialise in senior school. These include History (Ancient, Modern and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies), Geography, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Business and Social Community Studies. These courses are designed so students can experience the content and skills of each subject.
The Sustainability program provides an extended, fully differentiated inquiry based learning program in the field of Humanities through the lens of Sustainability.
The program develops capability in critical and creative thinking so students learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems through the lens of social, environmental, economic and political points of view. It encourages students to respond to the challenges of the twenty-first century – with its complex environmental, social and economic pressure. There is emphasis for students to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully and includes access to world class experts from university and industry.
Humanities in French
Students in the Sustainability Program also have the option of learning Humanities through French. This immersion program is designed to extend languages students by immersing them in the study of Sustainability.
The Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow Program provides world class learning opportunities for students to develop the integral skill sets of the future. Combined with James Cook University and other educational and business community groups, it fosters character, citizenship, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity through the lens of innovation and entrepreneurialism. It has been co-designed with 'theSpace' Cairns and offers students the opportunity to not only learn how to become an entrepreneur, but also design, pitch and take to market an idea for profit or the benefit of society.
Year 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to study an array of senior general and applied subjects in Humanities. These include:
Legal Studies, Accounting, Ancient History, Modern History, Geography, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies, Social Community Studies
For more information on any of the humanities subjects please refer to the relevant course guides.
Head of Department: Dan Kaggelis
Phone: (07) 4058 4339