Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future.

In the Western Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively.

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

The Humanities and Social Sciences subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.


Develop in students:

          a deep knowledge and sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures, events, ideas and environments throughout the world

          a lifelong sense of belonging to, and engagement with, civic life, with the capacity and willingness to be informed, responsible, ethical and active participants in society at a local, national and global scale

          a knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of the past and the forces that shape society

          the ability to think critically, solve problems, make informed decisions and propose actions in relation to real-world events and issues

          enterprising behaviours and capabilities that enable them to be active participants and decision-makers in matters affecting them, which can be transferred into life, work and business opportunities

          an understanding of, and commitment to, the concepts of sustainability to bring about equity and social justice

          a knowledge and understanding of the connections among the peoples of Asia, Australia and the rest of the world.

 Year 7-10

The subjects taught in Humanities and Social Science classes include:                                                              



          Economics and Business

          Civics and Citizenship

(Please refer to the Term Outlines for specific details)

Years 11 and 12

The knowledge, skills and values acquired during the Lower School Program will equip students to successfully complete one or more of the Upper School ATAR Courses:

          Modern History



Additional Experiences

The Humanities and Social Sciences program also offers students a variety of exciting and interesting events in which they can participate. Humanities and Social Sciences students have the opportunity to participate and engage in a variety of activities and competitions which enriches their learning experience.

          Premiers ANZAC Tour: Students have the opportunity to nominate to enter this competition under the guidance of Cape Naturaliste College Humanities and Social Sciences teachers. One student from each age category has the possibility of being selected for a trip of a lifetime to a World War I or World War II location with other state winners.

          Australian Geography Competition: Students complete a multiple choice test which can lead all the way to an interstate or international competition. All entrants will receive a certificate informing them of the level they have achieved.

          The UNSW Economics Competition is a nation-wide competition that provides a great opportunity for students to test their Economics skills against other students from all across Australia.  All participants receive a certificate and high scoring students have an opportunity to win monetary prizes.

          National History Challenge: The National History Challenge is an exciting contest that encourages students to research about the past. Students are the historians, they can investigate their community, explore their own and their family’s past, explore major event. Each year the challenge is based around a different theme. The challenge encourages inquiry based learning, the use of primary and secondary sources and offers a variety of presentation styles that can cater to individual learning preferences.

          Sir Charles Court Young Leaders Program is an intensive four-day leadership camp at which students demonstrating academic ability, leadership potential and community involvement.

School Tours and Excursions

Year 7: Geography fieldtrip exploring Liveability and Water Management in the Busselton Area

Year 9: Canberra Tour: Students have the opportunity to attend a 7-day tour to Sydney and Canberra to supplement their studies of Civics and Citizenship.

Year 10: All year 10 students participate in a 1-day Geography fieldtrip based on our studies of Coastal Geography and processes in the Geographe Bay area.

Year 11 & 12: In 2016 students had the opportunity to participate in an overseas tour to enhance their studies in History and Geography.  Students visited Paris, Berlin, Moscow and St Petersburg as part of a two week trip accompanied by Cape Naturaliste College Humanities and Social Sciences teachers.