At St Mary's, the Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) learning area comprises four subjects:

  1. Economics and Business
  2. Geography
  3. History
  4. Civics and Citizenship/Politics and Law

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.

Economics and Business

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

Economics and Business is compulsory. Students explore, evaluate and interpret information and develop an understanding of Economic concepts.

Years 11 and 12

Economics is a tertiary entrance scoring subject.

In Year 11, students study ATAR Units 1 and 2:

  • Unit 1 - An introduction to Microeconomic Theory, emphasising the importance of competitive markets.
  • Unit 2 - An introduction to macroeconomics with an emphasis on contemporary economic conditions.

In Year 12, students study ATAR Units 3 and 4:

  • Unit 3 - Investigating Australia and the Global Economy.
  • Unit 4 - Macroeconomic Theory.

Geography

Geography aims to widen and increase the students' understanding of our ever-changing world. The emphasis is on the relationships between the physical and human environments and fieldwork is a vital component of the study of Geography.

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

Students start to learn the main geographical skills, which will provide a valuable background to their future Geography studies.

Years 11 and 12

Both the ATAR Geography course and the General Geography course are offered in Year 11. The Year 12 ATAR course has an external examination that may be used towards university entrance.

In Year 11 ATAR Geography, students study:

  • Unit 1 - Natural and Ecological Hazards.
  • Unit 2 - Global Networks and Interconnections.

In Year 12 ATAR Geography, students examine:

  • Unit 3 - Global Environmental Change.
  • Unit 4 - Planning of Sustainable Places.

History

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

History is compulsory in Years 7 to 10. Students explore, evaluate and interpret information and develop an understanding of the impact of people, events and ideas from one time period to the next.

Years 11 and 12

Modern History is a tertiary entrance scoring subject. Students study two units during the year, allowing each unit to be covered in greater depth.

  • Unit 1 - Understanding the Modern World (Capitalism, the American experience).
  • Unit 2 - Movements for Change in the 20th Century (Nazism in Germany).
  • Unit 3 - Modern Nations in the 20th Century (Russia and the Soviet Union).
  • Unit 4 - The Modern World since 1945 (The Changing European World 1945 to 2001).

Civics and Citizenship/ Politics and Law

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10

Civics and Citizenships is compulsory in Years 7 to 10. Students explore features of our political and legal systems.

Years 11 and 12

Politics and Law is a tertiary entrance scoring subject. Students will be able to participate in the Francis Burt Law Society Mock Trials Competition.

The ATAR course includes:

  • Unit 1 - Democracy and The Rule of Law.
  • Unit 2 - Representation and Justice.
  • Unit 3 – Political and Legal Power. 
  • Unit 4 - Accountability and rights in the Australian political and legal system.