Humanities subjects involve the study of human societies and environments, people and their culture in the past and present day. Humanities is the study of human behaviour, exploring social issues, financial awareness, laws, beliefs and the varying interaction of humans with the world around them. This dynamic curriculum area includes Commerce, History, Law and Politics and Geography based units to engage all students in a wide variety of learning opportunities.

Subjects offered at each level

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Humanities

Australians at War

General Business Education

VCE Accounting

VCE Accounting

Coastal Living

Markets, Money and Management

VCE Business Management

VCE Business Management

Votes and Verdicts

The Law and You

VCE Legal Studies

VCE Legal Studies

Geography

VCE Geography

History

VCE 20th Century History

VCE History of Revolutions

Jet Setting Around the Globe

Introduction to Psychology

VCE Psychology

VCE Psychology

Humanities subjects encourage the use of research skills and inquiry processes. Students learn to plan, investigate and develop key questions. They analyse a range of data and sources to form conclusions that are supported by evidence and learn to present this information in a variety of ways.

Subject Selection and Progression Rules

Please note that the Jacaranda Atlas purchased in Year 7 will be used at all other levels as well.

Year 8

  • Year 8 students must choose Humanities in Semester 1 and 2.
  • The designated text is required for Year 8, so all students will need to purchase this book.

Year 9

  • Year 9 students must choose at least one Humanities Unit from the three offerings.

Progression Rules

An “S” in a minimum of three units is required in order to progress to the Year 10 units at Year 10

Year 10 Units

It is recommended that students at Year 10 complete two semesters of humanities before progression to relevant VCE studies.

 Humanities Year 8 – HUM81/HUM82

Humanities Year 8 is the perfect mixed course covering Medieval History, Basic Money Management, Geography, the Law and decision making.

Course Structure:

In Semester 1 students explore the world as a Viking warrior, battle with Samurai masters and catch a case of the plague. Students look at skills that help them to gain and keep a hold of their own money, becoming a smart consumer before being let loose on the world. In Semester 2 students dive into weather patterns, explore the dangers of the earth when a volcano erupts and get excited about the word around us. They then enter the courtroom to convict criminals and challenge our politicians as active citizens.

Assessed Tasks:

Presentation project, research assignment, workbook activities and tests.

Leads into: Australians at War and Votes and Verdicts
Booklist Items: Humanities Alive 2, 2nd Edition, Jacaranda
For further info: K. Mebalds, A. Anstis
Subject Cost: Nil, Excursion costs may apply

 Australians at War (History) Year 9 – WAR9?

Australians at War Year 9 is suited to students who are interested in studying our world from an historical perspective.

Course Structure:

How did our island nation get drawn into a global war? This subject explores the Australian perspective of World War, the many conflicts that led to the First World War, our allies and our enemies. It looks in depth at the impact that this war had on forming our national identity and the aftermath of the war on the world.

Assessed Tasks:

Class exercises, workbook, research assignment, essay and examination

Leads into: Year 10 History
Booklist Items: History Alive 9
For further info: K. Mebalds
Subject Cost: Nil, possible excursion costs

 Coastal Living and Exploration (Geography) Year 9 – COA9?

Coastal Living and Exploration (Geography) Year 9 is suited to students who are keen to investigate the dynamic world around us.

Course Structure:

Love the beach? Enjoy surfing? Worried about the environment? This subject explores the ever-changing nature of the coastline, land formations and the human impact on this delicate ecosystem. Students explore surf culture, beach activities and the rise of companies such as Rip Curl. We then continue our journey to Antarctica, discovering the amazing landscape, plant and animal life, and the explorers who ventured into this untamed wilderness.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, presentation project, completion of workbook and class exercises and an examination

Leads into: Geography Year 10 and Jet Setting around the Globe
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: G Martin
Subject Cost: $5.00 for class materials in lieu of a text

 Votes and Verdicts (Civics and Citizenship) Year 9 – VOT9?

Votes and Verdicts (Civics and Citizenship) Year 9 is suited to students interested in the law and their own rights. This unit covers the area of Civics and Citizenship, which includes the study of Politics and Law.

Course Structure:

Calling all students who would like to be informed! This course challenges students to be informed   about current issues and examine what is in the media relating to politics and government and law and order. Students study our political and legal systems, covering topics such as rights and responsibilities of citizens, parliament, voting, law making and the court system.

Assessed Tasks:

Presentation project, research assignment, workbook activities, tests and an end of unit examination.

Leads into: Further studies in Business Education Year 10 and The Law and You Year 10
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: A. Anstis
Subject Cost: Nil

 General Business Education Year 10 – GBE0?

General Business Education Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in studying the dynamic world of business.

Course Structure:

Have you thought about running your own business or working in the business field? This course introduces you to basic general business practices and procedures. We simulate a business by establishing a fictional Stationery Enterprise using the clerical training unit, and give you experience in how and why documentation is used including the use of cheques, invoices and ledgers. This gives you an excellent insight and understanding of basic business and personal financial management. Students also participate in the Share Market Game.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, Clerical Training Unit, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE Business Management and Accounting Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Sebastopol Campus General Business Resource Pack
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

 Money, Markets and Management Year 10 – MMM0?

Money, Markets and Management Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in studying the ever-changing or volatile world of business.

Course Structure:

This unit is designed for students who wish to explore a whole range of issues associated with the business world. Topics include skills required to run a business, making money, keeping financial records and insurance. The share market is also studied. This unit is an ideal introduction to the VCE units of Business Management, Economics and Accounting.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, class exercises and tests, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE Business Management and Accounting Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

 The Law and You Year 10 – LAW0?

The Law and You Year 10 suited to students who are interested in studying the dynamic world of law.

Course Structure:

Have you considered the importance of the law in our society? What are your rights if you are arrested or questioned by police? A solid knowledge of our rights and responsibilities when it comes to the law is vital. Within this class, students investigate how laws are made and enforced, their rights and responsibilities and aspects of criminal and civil justice. Notable Australian cases will be examined and through specific examples, we will see how the law shapes our society. This is an excellent introduction into VCE Legal Studies units.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, Sanctions assignment, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE Legal Studies Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Nil
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

 Geography Year 10 – GEO0?

Geography Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in studying the world around us and current issues that affect our world.

Course Structure:

Have you thought about what is important in terms of the landscape and the people who interact within and on it? How does their environment affect people and how do people impact their environment? This subject explores issues of social importance and suggest ways in which improvements can be made.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, class exercises and tests, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE Geography Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Humanities Alive Geography 2
For further info: K. Mebalds
Subject Cost: Nil

 History Year 10 – HIS0?

History Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in studying our world from an historical   perspective.

Course Structure:

Have you ever read a letter, diary or watched a film? All of these tell us about our lives, our society and our past. This study focuses on our historical past and the major events that changed the world during the 20th Century. This includes a detailed look at World War II, the rise of the Nazi party, the Civil rights movement and post war migration.

Assessed Tasks:

Essay, class exercises and tests, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE 20th Century History Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: History Alive 10
For further info: E. Bath
Subject Cost: Nil – Excursion Costs: $20.00 Holocaust Museum

 Jet Setting Around the Globe Year 10 – JET0?

Jet Setting Around the Globe Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in Geography and current events.

Course Structure:

The world is your oyster – so why not explore it! This subject transports you from the isolation of Ballarat to the wider world that awaits you. Looking at the various world continents, students explore cultures, languages, religions, history and art, with the focus on awareness and acceptance of difference. Explore Europe, the Americas and Africa, without even moving from your seat!

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, class activities and tests, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE Legal Studies Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Humanities Alive Geography 2
For further info: K. Mebalds
Subject Cost: Nil

 Introduction to Psychology Year 10 – PSY0?

Introduction to Psychology Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in studying the human mind and behaviour.

Course Structure:

Are you interested in learning more about yourself? Why do people act and think the way that they   do? Through investigations and case studies on human behaviour, students seek the answers to these challenging questions. This course is designed to give you a ‘taste’ of the subject known as Psychology, looking at studies in mental illness, criminal profiling, sports psychology, the brain and   neurological influences. This course is an ideal introduction to VCE Psychology units.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation project, class exercises and tests, exam

Prerequisites: Any 3 Units at Year 9
Leads into: VCE Psychology Units 1 & 2
Booklist Items: Psychology in Action, Macmillan
For further info: S. Gilbert
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE Accounting Units 1 & 2 – AC011/AC022

VCE Accounting is suited to those students who are interested in the world of business and in particular how businesses organise and report on their financial position.

Course Structure:

In this subject students focus on the accounting and financial management of a small business including the processes of gathering, recording and reporting of financial information for use in a small business. There is also be an introduction to the use of information and communications technology in undertaking accounting procedures. Students are introduced to an accounting system using the accrual approach for recording and reporting, which recognises the impact of credit transactions.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation into small business, folio of class exercises, exam

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: VCE Accounting Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: To be advised
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

 VCE Accounting Units 3 & 4 – AC033/AC034

VCE Accounting is suited to those students who wish to continue on with their Accounting skills learnt in Year 11.

Course Structure:

In this subject students focus on financial accounting for a single activity trading business as operated by a sole trader and emphasises the role of accounting as an information system. Unit 4 provides an extension of the recording and reporting processes from Unit 3 and the use of financial and non-financial information in assisting management in the decision-making process.

Assessed Tasks:

Scored assessed coursework

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored assessed coursework, 2 hour written exam in November

Prerequisites: Units 1 & 2 Accounting
Leads into: TAFE, University or Further Education
Booklist Items: To be advised
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

 VCE Business Management Units 1 & 2 – BM011/BM022

VCE Business Management is suited to those students who are interested in the world of business   and in particular the skills required managing a small business.

Course Structure:

In this subject students focus primarily on gaining an insight into small business in Australia. It explores such concepts as what makes a business successful, business structures and legal and   government requirements. The practical aspect of the course is undertaken by visits to small businesses and interviewing business owners. Students then plan, run and evaluate their own small   business drawing on the theory they have learned. Students will investigate effective communication in achieving business objectives both internal and external to the business. They develop knowledge of aspects of business communication and are introduced to skills related to its effective use in different contexts.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation into small business, business plan and exam

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: VCE Business Management Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Business Management Units 1 & 2
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE Business Management Units 3 & 4 – BM033/BM034

VCE Business Management is suited to those students that are interested in the world of business and how large business is managed to succeed in today’s climate.

Course Structure:

In this subject, students explore the ways in which large organisations are managed in order to achieve their objectives. Unit 4 focuses on the management of change and the management of human resources of a business. Special attention is given to changes occurring in human resource management in Australian businesses.

Assessed Tasks:

A variety of Scored Assessed Coursework throughout the year

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored assessed coursework, 2 hour written exam in November

Prerequisites: Units 1 & 2 Business Management is recommended.
Leads into: TAFE, University or Further Education
Booklist Items: Business Management Units 3 & 4, Sebastopol Campus Business Management Resource Book
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

VCE Geography Units 1 & 2 – GE011/GE012

VCE Geography is suited to those students who are interested in the world around them and the   environment.

Course Structure:

This unit enables students to investigate natural landforms and environments that shape the earth’s surface. Students study the human interaction within these environments and explore the key changes in these environments over time. Students explore the key characteristics of human environments, explore rural and urban settlement, urban renewal, sustainability and spatial variations over time. Students investigate solutions to global settlement issues and analyse the current policies relating to human environments.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation and analytical tasks, examination

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: VCE Geography Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Text to be advised
For further info: K. Mebalds
Subject Cost: Nil

 VCE 20th Century History Units 1 & 2 – HI031/HI042

This subject enables students to investigate significant events that occurred throughout the 20th Century that shaped our modern world.

Course Structure:

In VCE History students learn not only what happened in the past, but also about how these events have been represented over time. Students explore events such as The Great War, 1930’s Germany and the use of a cultural expression to persuade thoughts. Students focus on the increasing interplay between domestic and regional events and international developments since 1945. Students explore the major themes and principal events of post-war history, including the conflict between the USA and USSR, the Vietnam War and the various movements that arose during the 60’s and 70’s.

Assessed Tasks:

Investigation and analytical tasks, examination

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: VCE History of Revolutions Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: To be advised
For further info: E. Bath
Subject Cost: Nil

 VCE History of Revolutions Units 3 & 4 – HI133/HI134

VCE History of Revolutions is suited to those students who have an interest in the world from an   historical perspective.

Course Structure:

Revolutions are the great disjuncture of modern times. They aim at breaking with the past by destroying the regimes and societies that engender them and embarking on a program of political and social transformation. Unit 3 explores the French Revolution 1781-1795, focusing specifically on crises in the Old Regime, revolutionary ideas, movements and leaders, as well as the challenges   surrounding the creation of a new society. Unit 4 explores the Russian Revolution 1905-1924.

Assessed Tasks:

A variety of tasks make up the Scored Assessed Coursework throughout the year

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored assessed coursework, 2 hour written exam in November

Prerequisites: Units 1 & 2 History preferred but not essential.
Leads into: TAFE, University or Further Education
Booklist Items: Analysing the French Revolution, Analysing the Russian Revolution, Sebastopol Campus History Of Revolutions Units 3 & 4 Resource Book
For further info:  G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil

 VCE Legal Studies Units 1 & 2 – LS011/LS022

VCE Legal Studies is suited to those students who are interested in the dynamic world of law.

Course Structure:

This unit introduces students to the need for laws, the role of the law in society and the process involved in law making. Students look carefully at the role of the police, the formal court hierarchy and court procedures. Case studies based on criminal law and criminal sanctions will be used to fully explore the ability for justice to be served. Students explore legal issues within society, specifically focussing on civil disputes. Students in this course explore the legal rules in existence and the interpretation of these laws that are made in society. We will explore the capacity of these rules to accommodate conflicting points of view and the effectiveness of these rules. Selected legal issues with a civil focus will be used to illustrate these factors and challenge students.

Assessed Tasks:

Assignments and tests, folio of class exercises, examination

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: VCE Legal Studies Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Text to be advised
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Nil – excursion cost: Loddon Prison approximately $20.00

 VCE Legal Studies Units 3 & 4 – LS033/LS034

VCE Legal Studies is suited to those students who are interested in the dynamic world of law.

Course Structure:

This study analyses the way that the law relates to and serves the individuals and the community. It looks at how the law is generated, structured and managed in Australia.

Unit 3 focuses on the Constitution and institutions, which determine the laws and the process by which laws are made.

Unit 4 focuses on the courts, tribunals and alternative avenues of dispute resolution, and the process and procedures which operate within the legal system.

Assessed Tasks:

A variety of tasks make up the Scored Assessed Coursework throughout the year

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:

Scored assessed coursework, 2 hour written exam in November

Prerequisites: Units 1 & 2 Legal Studies is recommended.
Leads into: TAFE, University or Further Education
Booklist Items: Text to be advised, Sebastopol Campus Legal Studies Units 3 & 4 Resource Book
For further info: G. Martin
Subject Cost: Excursion cost: Loddon Prison Excursion $2approximately0.00 approximately

 VCE Psychology Units 1 & 2 – PY011/PY022

VCE Psychology is suited to those students who are interested in the internal workings of the mind.

Course Structure:

In this subject students focus on the development of psychology from its philosophical beginnings to a scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. Students explore the scope of psychology, its   specialist disciplines such as neuropsychology, cognitive, social and human developmental psychology, and its fields of application. Students focus on how attitudes are formed and changed, and discuss the factors that affect the behaviour of individuals and groups. Students compare different theories of intelligence and personality, and compare different methodologies used in the measurement of these.

Assessed Tasks:

Assignments and tests, folio of class exercises, examination

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: VCE Psychology Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: Jacaranda Psychology for the VCE Student Units 1 & 2
For further info: S. Gilbert
Subject Cost: Nil

 VCE Psychology Units 3 & 4 – PY033/PY034

VCE Psychology is suited to those students who are interested in the internal workings of the mind.

Course Structure:

Psychology is the systematic study of thoughts, feelings and behaviour. It aims to describe, explain and predict behaviour; in doing so, it relies on empirical procedures rather than intuition. Research methods in psychology allow students to develop useful skills in analytical and critical thinking and in making inferences. It provides a challenging and indepth view of psychology, increasing their knowledge of human behaviour.

Assessed Tasks:

A variety of tasks make up the Scored Assessed Coursework throughout the year

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:  
Scored assessed coursework, 2 hour written exam in November

Prerequisites: Any Year 10 Humanities Unit
Leads into: TAFE, University or Further Education
Booklist Items: Text to be advised, Sebastopol Campus Psychology Units 3 & 4 Resource Book
For further info: S. Gilbert
Subject Cost: Nil