Humanities and Social Sciences

 

Head of Learning Area


Ms Belinda Powell


Email belinda.powell@education.wa.edu.au

 

 

The learning area of HASS covers breadth and depth across the major disciplines of History, Geography, Economics & Business and Civics & Citizenship with Aboriginal perspectives, numeracy and literacy Imbedded across these disciplines. Additionally, students cover career development.

 

Our career development and education program ensures that our students are well informed about their post school options. All students create an Individual Pathway Plan and will know how to navigate the ever evolving post school training and workplace. Students are also able to attend tours of GSIT and universities; both in Albany and in Perth.

 

Through the discipline of History and Geography, students develop increasing independence in critical thinking and skill application, which includes the inquiry-based approach to learning using questioning, researching, analysing, evaluating, communicating and reflecting. They apply these skills in a variety of research tasks that investigate events developments, issues and phenomena, both historically and contemporary. A continuing focus is explicit teaching of course concepts, question interpretation, text construction and improving the length, depth and complexity of text types constructed by students.

 

In Economics, students are introduced to the concept of economic performance and living standards while continuing to further their understanding of the concepts of making choices, specialisation, allocation and the function of markets by delving into the reasons for variations in the performance of economies.

 

Civics and Citizenship

In senior school, students can study Geography, History and Economics and Business. History and Economics and Business are offered both on line with teacher mentor support and taught in the classroom. We hope to develop these courses further in the future.

 

In year 11 and 12 students can study Modern History, Geography, Economics or VET pathway consisting of

 

The Modern History course promotes skills of research, hypothesis testing and analysis of information as students engage with investigations. Through inquiries, they learn that historical judgements are provisional and tentative in nature. Students are encouraged to question and evaluate historical sources, to identify the various representations and versions of history.

 

In the ATAR Geography course, a wide range of issues such as eco-tourism, world inequalities, energy-efficient planning, natural disasters, water management, biodiversity, urban living, geopolitics and changing agricultural practices are explored at local, and global levels in order to make sense of the present and pose solutions for the future.

 

Economics explores the choices which all people, groups and societies face as they confront the ongoing problem of satisfying their unlimited wants with limited resources. The Economics ATAR course aims to develop students’ ability to analyse the allocation, utilisation and distribution of scarce resources that determine our wealth and wellbeing.

 

VET industry specific courses are for students aiming to enter further training or the workforce straight from school. These courses include a full AQF qualification, mandatory workplace learning and may contribute to the Certificate II requirement for WACE in 2018.

 

At North Albany Senior High School, literacy and numeracy are a priority therefore, a heightened acknowledgement of the HASS role in promoting these competencies within the school exists and are supported by cross curricular literacy and numeracy strategies.

 

 

If you have any questions about Humanities and Social Sciences at NASHS, contact Belinda Powell (Head of Learning Area HASS).