The Humanities and Social Sciences

HASS -The Humanities and Social Sciences

The humanities and social sciences are 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.

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 in the Australian Curriculum 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.

In the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area includes a study of history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business. The units of knowledge and understanding for each year level are listed below:

Year 1HistoryGeography
Year 2HistoryGeography
Year 3HistoryGeographyCivics & Citizenship
Year 4HistoryGeographyCivics & Citizenship
Year 5HistoryGeographyCivics & CitizenshipEconomics & Business
Year 6HistoryGeographyCivics & CitizenshipEconomics & Business

Pre-Primary – Year 2: History and Geography

Year 3–4: History, Geography and Civics & Citizenship

Year 5–6: History, Geography, Civics & Citizenship and Economics & Business

The F–6 Australian Curriculum for Humanities and Social Sciences aims to ensure that students develop:

  • A sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and systems throughout the world, past and present, and an interest in and enjoyment of the study of these phenomena
  • Key historical, geographical, civic and economic knowledge of people, places, values and systems, past and present, in local to global contexts
  • An understanding and appreciation of historical developments, geographic phenomena, civic values and economic factors that shape society, influence sustainability and create a sense of belonging
  • The capacity to use inquiry methods and skills, including questioning, researching using reliable sources, analysing, evaluating and communicating
  • Dispositions required for effective participation in everyday life, now and in the future, including critical and creative problem-solving, informed decision making, responsible and active citizenship, enterprising financial behaviour and ethical reflection.