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Studies of Society and the Environment centres on the study of people and their interactions, with each other, with social / political / economic institutions and with their natural and cultural environments. It is concerned with learning from the past, understanding the present and considering the future.
This Key Learning Area (KLA) contributes to a sound and general education. It helps shape an understanding of significant issues and an awareness of the forces that have, and are, shaping people’s lives. SOSE encourages young people to be active participants in their world.
In Upper School, students are offered Modern History, Geography and Career and Enterprise. These are usually studied over a two year period, however, there is the option of shorter periods of study. (The Year 11 and Year 12 handbook offer greater detail of what is covered in these courses).
In Lower School (Years 8 to 10), students study four units in each year. These units focus on the key concepts of:
• Time, Continuity and Change
• Place and Space
• Natural and Social Systems
As well as introducing students to some key content areas such as:
• Australian History
• Australian Geography
• Indigenous Studies
• Australia’s Political & Legal Systems.
One unit in each year is devoted to Career Education which is designed to assist students in their transition to the post formal education world.
This key learning area of Society and the Environment provides students with fascinating and challenging units that enable them to develop valuable skills (including literacy) and the ability to think critically.