Year 9 Humanities and Social Sciences Courses:

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business
  • Geography
  • History


Students continue to build on their understanding of what it means to be an Australian citizen and the rights and responsibilities it entails. The examination of the role of the key players in the political system becomes more complex as students focus on election campaigns and the formation of government. Students will have the opportunity to learn the role of political parties and independents, how citizens’ choices are shaped at election time and how social media is used to influence people’s understanding of issues. Further investigation into Australia’s court system will provide students with greater clarity in terms of how courts work to provide for a more democratic and just society. This includes the types of courts, how courts apply and interpret laws, and the factors that can undermine the principles of justice.  This course aims to give students an insight into how their democratic right and responsibility to vote can impact the future of Australia.

Unit Focus:  Our democratic rights


Economics is concerned with the way in which people can maximise the goods and services that can be produced with a limited amount of resources. Students build on their understanding of economic concepts through the introduction of specialisation and trade. Australia’s links with trading partners in the Asia region, the issue of globalisation and the role of transnational corporations in the global economy will be examined in relation to how they impact Australia. The course includes a study of the consumer and business sectors as students gain insight into ways consumers can protect themselves against risks, the nature of innovation in production, and the changing Australian and global workplace. The course aims to equip students with the skills to adapt to change and seek new and innovative ways to do business in the 21st century global marketplace.

Unit Focus:  Australia and the global economy


The study of Geography can provide an understanding of how changes in the natural environment affect people and places and how these changes can be managed. Students will have an opportunity to inquire into the global issue of food security. This includes the distribution and characteristics of biomes around the world, the ways that humans in the production of food and fibre have altered these biomes, and the factors that influence crop yields on a national and global level. The course enables students to explore the future challenges to food production and the capacity for Australia and the world to achieve food security and environmental sustainability. Students will explore the ways in which people are connected to places, and the way in which trade, transport, technology and travel influence the degree to which place and people are interconnected.

Unit Focus: Biomes and food security

                     Geographies of interconnections



The study of History enables students to further develop their understanding of how the past has shaped the present and influences the future. The historical concepts of evidence, continuity and change, perspectives and empathy are investigated within the context of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. Examination of the Industrial Revolution provides students with an appreciation of how new ideas and technological developments contributed to global change. This includes the industrialisation of Britain, the population movements, experiences of people during the Industrial Revolution, and the short and long term impacts. The course also provides for an inquiry into Australian history and the origins of the Anzac legend during World War . Causes of war, Australia’s involvement, the impact on the homefront and the commemoration of World War I will be examined in relation to its significance to the development of the nation of Australia.

Depth Study 1:  Investigating the Industrial Revolution (1750-1914)

Depth Study 2:  Investigating World War I (1914-1918)