The Humanities and Social Sciences encompasses the knowledge and understandings of history, geography, civics and citizenship, and economics and business. It gives students a deep understanding of the world they live in from a range of perspectives, past and present, and encourages them to develop an appreciation and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity.
At Mawson Primary School we use the the Australian Curriculum for the Humanities and Social Sciences. We use inquiry units that integrate the subject areas of History, Geography and Science. The inquiry units provides students with a “big idea” that helps them process their world and apply knowledge. It gives them opportunities to make connections across a variety of themes and ideas. Students engage in higher level thinking, active problem-solving activities and research.
Humanities and Social Sciences plays an important role in harnessing students’ curiosity and imagination about the world they live in and empowers them to actively shape their lives; make reflective, informed decisions; value their belonging in a diverse and dynamic society; and positively contribute locally, nationally, regionally and globally.
Through studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students are given opportunities to develop their ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change.
Through the Humanities and Social Sciences, students become well placed to contribute to Australia’s ideas of a cohesive society, sustainable environment, productive economy and stable democracy.