Humanities and Social Sciences
The Humanities & Social Sciences (HASS) learning area is the combination of four subjects. HASS is Geography, History, Business & Economics and Civics & Citizenship all in one.
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At Joseph Banks Secondary College, students explore HASS themes associated with human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. We strive to develop students’ ability to question their world, apply critical thought, problem solve, communicate effectively, and adapt to an ever-changing world as active and informed global citizens.

 

Starting in middle school with general HASS content that covers all four subject areas, students are then given the opportunity to personalise their pathways by selecting electives that further develop their understandings while building their skills and knowledge toward senior school topics, such as Politics & Law, Business Management & Enterprise, Modern History and Geography.

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Year 7 & 8

Year 11 & 12

Business Management and Enterprise (ATAR)

Course Code: AEBME/ATBME Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Semester 1 and 2 Length of Course: 2 Years Unit Information The Business Management and Enterprise (ATAR) course gives students the opportunity to understand how vital business is to individuals and society, and how it impacts on many aspects of our lives.

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Business Management and Enterprise (General)

Course Code: AEBME/ATBME Domain: Humanities and Social Science (HASS) Timetable: Semester 1 and 2 Length of Course: 2 Years Unit Information The Business Management and Enterprise (General) course gives students the opportunity to understand how vital business is to individuals and society, and how it impacts on many aspects of our lives.

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Career and Enterprise (General)

Course Code: GECAE/GTCAE Domain: Humanities and Social Science (HASS) Timetable: Semester 1 and 2 Length of Course: 2 Years Unit Information The Career and Enterprise (General) course engages students in learning about developing their career in a constantly changing digital and globalised world. Careers are now considered to be about work, learning

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Geography (General)

Course Code: GEGEO/GTGEO Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Semester 1 and 2 Length of Course: 2 Years Unit Information The study of geography draws on students’ curiosity about the diversity of the world’s places and their peoples, cultures and environments. It enables them to appreciate the complexity of our world

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Modern History (ATAR)

Course Code: AEHIM/ATHIM Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Semester 1 and 2 Length of Course: 2 Years Unit Information The Modern History (ATAR) course enables students to study the forces that have shaped today’s world and provides them with a broader and deeper comprehension of the world in which they

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Politics and Law (ATAR)

Course Code: AEPAL/ATPAL Domain: Humanities and Social Science (HASS) Timetable: Semester 1 and 2 Length of Course: 2 Years Unit Information Politics and law is a critical study of the processes of decision making concerning society’s collective future. The study of politics examines the structures and processes through which individuals and groups

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