Humanities is the study of human society and culture.
At Koo Wee Rup Secondary College, Humanities is compulsory from Year 7 to 10. During this time, our passionate teachers strive to give students an excellent knowledge of the content but, more importantly, we teach students the skills that they will need to achieve future success. We attempt to teach students skills in research, note taking, analysis and evaluation. Making students think for themselves, so that they can use information and create new ideas, is a vital part of the subject.
Students at Koo Wee Rup Secondary are also provided with opportunities to participate in incursions, go on excursions and conduct fieldwork in Humanities, which enables students to explore, extend and enrich their learning. Examples include:
- Commerce: Victorian Parliament, Courts
- History: Jewish Holocaust Centre, Shrine
- Geography: Coastal environments, Wonthaggi Desalination Plant
In Years 7 and 8 students undertake studies in these subjects:
- Civics and Citizenship – develops students’ knowledge of political and legal institutions and explores the nature of citizenship in a liberal democracy.
- Economics and Business – explores the ways in which individuals, families, the community, workers, businesses, and governments make decisions in relation to allocation of resources.
- History – a disciplined process of investigation into the past that develops students’ curiosity and imagination.
- Geography – a structured way of exploring, analysing, and understanding the characteristics of the places that make up our world, using the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale, and change.
In Year 9, students continue with their studies of History and Geography.
Also, at Years 9 and 10, we prepare our students for their Senior studies and future careers by offering the following Humanities Pathways Subjects (electives):
- Commerce - Introduction to Business and Legal Studies
- History - Ancient Societies
- Geography - Travel and Tourism
Students must elect to study at least two of the following options:
- Civics and Citizenship
- Economics and Business
- History: Conflict Abroad and At Home
- Geography: Human Wellbeing and Climate Change
Students may also choose from:
- Commerce: What is finance?
- History: The Globalising World
- Geography: Environmental Change and Spatial Technology
The current offering of VCE Humanities based subjects at Koo Wee Rup Secondary is:
- Business Management
- Legal Studies