Junior School – HASS

Governor Stirling Senior High School

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider challenges for the future.


In the West Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship. Each of these subjects is studied by students for one term from Years 7 to 10.


In Senior School the Humanities and Social Sciences Department offers both ATAR and General Courses. Modern History and Geography are offered as both ATAR and General Courses, while Psychology is offered only as a General Course. All of these courses focus on building and improving students analytical and critical thinking skills.

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. Thinking about and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.


The humanities and social science subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century.

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