The humanities and social sciences are the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and consider challenges for the future.

At St Mary's, as in the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: History, Geography, Economics, and Civics and Citizenship.

Through studying humanities and social sciences, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change. Thinking about and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, economic and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.

The humanities and social science subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century.

At St Mary's these understandings, skills and values are further enhanced in Years 11 and 12 through study of the individual disciplines of Economics, Geography, Modern History, and Politics and Law. Our philosophy is to create an educationally challenging environment, which will foster the development of skills that enable students to become well-informed, critically thinking, active citizens with confidence in their ability and a genuine desire to learn. Courses are, encourage students to research, analyse, interpret and present, using a wide range of media.

Years 8, 9 and 10

In Years 8, 9 and 10 all students study courses in History and Geography. Year 8 students also study a short, introductory course in Economics. All Year 10 students study four courses: Economics, History, Geography, and Civics and Citizenship.

Years 11 and 12

Students in Year 11 can choose from ATAR Economics, ATAR Geography, ATAR Modern History and ATAR Politics and Law, and General Geography. In Year 12 students can choose Stage 3 Economics, Stage 3 Modern History, Stage 3 Politics and Law and Stage 3 Geography.