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 9

Deadly Diseases

Course Code: 9HDDDomain: Humanities and Social SciencesTimetable: <timetable>Length of Course: <duration> Course Information Throughout history the biggest executioner of the human race has been deadly disease and this elective is

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Debating

Course Code: 9HDBDomain: Humanities and Social SciencesTimetable: <timetable>Length of Course: <duration> Course Information Debating is a skill that encourages critical thinking, fosters engagement with global issues, and equips you with

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Fabulous Finance

Course Code: 9HFF Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences Timetable: <timetable> Length of Course: <duration> Course Information In this fun elective, you will learn to develop money management skills such as

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Horrible Histories

Course Code: 9HHH Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences Timetable: <timetable> Length of Course: <duration> Course Information Throughout history, governments and leaders have used their power to influence and rule in

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Year 10

Business and Economics 101

Course Code:  Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Length of Course: Trimester Unit Information This course provides you with a rock-solid foundation in both Business and Economics. You will bring

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Freedom and Rights

Course Code:  Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Length of Course: Trimester Unit Information Did you know there was a time when women could not vote? When people were separated

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Geography 101

Course Code:  Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Length of Course: Trimester Unit Information Who wants to stay in the classroom when there’s the whole world to explore? Why is

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Politics and Law 101

Course Code:  Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Timetable: Length of Course: Trimester Unit Information Democracy can be a fragile thing. Are your rights under threat? This course looks at the

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World War 2

Course Code:  Domain: Humanities and Social Sciences Timetable: Length of Course: Trimester Unit Information The social and political vacuum following the Great War left Europe and much of the world ripe

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Year 11 & 12

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

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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

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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

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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

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