Humanities: Individuals & Societies

Year 8
Subject Information

Humanities is a compulsory full year subject at Year 8.

Subject Description

This course encourages students to broaden their own perspectives and understanding of societies past and present, and equips them to become informed, active, responsible citizens.  Students study units in History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics an Business.
The ancient to the modern world (c.650– 1750 AD (CE)). Primarily the focus is on historical knowledge and understanding as well as developing historical skills. Students study Medieval Europe to learn about the great changes that occurred between 590 CE to 1500 CE in both the western and eastern worlds together with units on Japan: under the Shoguns’ (c.794-1867) and the Black Death in order to understand societal interactions.


  • Landforms and landscapes: study of landforms, the processes that shape them and their cultural significance

  • Changing nations: the study of how populations are distributed. Comparisons are made with Australia and other countries.

  • Civics and Citizenship: Students examine what it means to be able to participate in our democratic society and the law the bounds this.

​Economics and Business: 
The study of how markets operate, the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses, the ways businesses respond to opportunities in the market and the influences on the ways people work. 

Course Fees


Additional Costs

There may be excursions and projects with associated costs (approximately $10.00).

Criterion A:

Knowing & Understanding

Criterion C:


Criterion B:


Criterion D:

Thinking Critically

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