Humanities & Social Science

The Humanities and Social Science program at Halls Head College is designed to allow the students to provide students and the willingness to question the world we live in. It also will provide the student with a deeper understanding of our world, its history, cultures, geography, politics, governments and current events. From this knowledge, students can start to form their own opinions as they go forward into the world.

Lower School Course


All students will be studying the Australian Curriculum during middle school at Halls Head College.

Year 7

Students will study Geography and Ancient History. The focus in this year is to build upon young student’s literacy and ability to critically read information.

Geography – Students will develop their mapping skills, examine weather phenomena and atmospheric related disasters. They will then examine how we use water and the growing need to conserve water in our homes and across the planet.

Ancient History – During this semester students will examine Ancient Mysteries, such as Otzi the Ice man, and then continue into a study of Ancient History. They will learn about Ancient Egypt and Ancient Rome. Students will keep an assessment portfolio that will serve as a record of their academic growth over the year.

Year 8

The literacy focus will continue when the students study History, Economics and Geography. These will be based on the Australian National Curriculum and will assist students in the transition from Primary School to High School.

Geography – Students will examine physical features in our local environment, such as the coastal landscapes, and then investigate how Tsunamis form and the Boxing Day Tsunami.

Economics – This unit offers students an introduction into financial literacy with students examining how a simple business works and the financial implications of having a mobile phone.

Medieval History – Students will examine what life was like in the Middle Ages, in the time of knights and castles. They will also look at how life changed during these times, the battles, way of life and life in the castles.

Year 9

History – This unit will allow students to examine the causes of World War 1 and examine in detail the effects of the battles at Gallipoli and on the Western Front. They will examine the influent WWI on the grow of the young country of Australia.

Political/Legal Studies – Students will study how the Australian system of Government operates and how they will take part in this process through voting. The study of law allows students to examine the legal process, investigating current topical issues within Australia. They will also examine the death penalty debate.

Geography – This unit will examine the geography of Australia and what natural process operates within this system. Students will be able to build on their mapping skills learnt in Year 8. Students will have the opportunity to study the geomorphology of distinct landscapes within the region that they live and how humans have made use of these landscapes throughout time. The program also aims to expand on the study of: elements of weather, climate, hydrology, biogeography and geomorphology.

Year 10

History – Students will study the events that led to the start of World War II and then the growing impact of the Nazis on Europe, through the final solution in 1942. They will then focus their studies on the battle for Australia on the tracks of Kokoda.

Careers Planning – All classes in year 10 will take part in Careers Education that leads them to make a more informed choice when they undertake their course selections for upper school.

WorkSafe Smart Move – All general studies classes in Year 10 will take part in gaining their WorkSafe Smart Move Certificate. This certificate, when finished in full, will give students the ability to go onto a work site to undertake work placements in Year 11/12. It is also an industry required certificate being the foundation of students’ knowledge of Occupational Health and Safety.

Economics – Academic Extension classes will undertake studies relating to world economics and gaining a deeper understanding of the how the Australian economy operates. The program will also allow students to explore different types of market that can exist and the roles of government in controlling markets. These ideas will also be linked to the issue of sustainable markets and the forever changing nature of markets and societies.

Geography – Students will focus on environmental sustainability and human dependence on their physical environment for survival. The program will look at global patterns of health, poverty and consumption and the sustainability of both Australian and world environments.

Upper School

Subjects offered in Upper School are


Certificate II Business & Enterprise

This is a pathway qualification for students to gain knowledge and skills required to take up entry level positions within a variety of business.   The business world is moving ahead at a rapid pace and it is an exciting world to be a part of within a range of industries.  The Certificate II in Business will provide the latest qualification to get a ‘foot in the door’!

This qualification is delivered over a two year period.

Business Management and Enterprise General           

The Business Management and Enterprise General course focuses on establishing and operating a small business in Australia and aims to provide students with the skills and knowledge of the processes and procedures required for generating business ideas and turning them into a viable business venture. Students engage in the running of a small business, or participate in business simulations, to develop practical business skills and to develop financial and business literacy. Through the consideration of real businesses and scenarios, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills that enable them to analyse business opportunities, develop proposals and make sound, ethical business decisions. The course equips students to participate proactively in the world of business, behave responsibly and demonstrate integrity in business activities.

Career and Enterprise General                  

Career education involves learning to manage and take responsibility for personal career development. The Career and Enterprise General course involves recognising one’s individual skills and talents, and using this understanding to assist in gaining and keeping work. The course develops a range of work skills and an understanding of the nature of work. Key components of the course include: the development of an understanding of different personality types and their link to career choices; entrepreneurial behaviours; learning to learn; and the exploration of social, cultural and environmental issues that affect work, workplaces and careers.

Geography ATAR

The study of the Geography ATAR course draws on students’ curiosity about the diversity of the world’s places and their peoples, cultures and environments. It provides students with the knowledge and understanding of the nature, causes and consequences of natural and ecological hazards, international integration in a range of spatial contexts, land cover transformations, and the challenges affecting the sustainability of places. In the ATAR course, students learn how to collect information from primary and secondary sources, such as field observation and data collection, mapping, monitoring, remote sensing, case studies and reports.

Modern History ATAR                       

Studying the Modern History ATAR course enables students to become critical thinkers and helps inform their judgments and actions in a rapidly changing world. Students are exposed to a variety of historical sources, including government papers, extracts from newspapers, letters, diaries, photographs, cartoons, paintings, graphs and secondary sources, in order to determine the cause and effect, and the motives and forces influencing people and events. Through the process of historical inquiry, students are encouraged to question and evaluate historical sources; identify various representations and versions of history; use evidence to formulate and support their own interpretations; and communicate their findings in a variety of ways.

Ancient History General                       

The Ancient History General course enables students to study life in early civilisations, based on the interpretation of the physical and written remains of different ancient societies. Students are introduced to the process of reconstructing the past using often fragmentary evidence from a range of written and archaeological sources, and the skills associated with the analysis of historical sources. During this course students will study Classical Greece, Queen Hatshepsut and Alexander the Great.

Philosophy and Ethics ATAR           

The Philosophy and Ethics ATAR course engages students with three classical questions of the human condition: ‘What is real?’; ‘How do we know?’ and ‘How should we live?’ Within this context, the course gives students the opportunity to explore the world of concepts from both contemporary and historical perspectives. Students are taught clarification, evaluation and argument. They develop the specific skills to inquire, reason and make judgments.

Year 12

Ancient History – General

In this unit, students learn about the evolving nature of societies and the various forces for continuity and change that exist. They also learn that values, beliefs and traditions are linked to the identity of a society. Students will study the establishment of Rome. They then go on to learn that there are internal and external forces that result in confrontation and resolution within societies, and these have consequences for continuity and change and examine Ancient Egypt.

Business Management & Enterprise – General

The focus of this unit is on success in business at a national level. It explores what it takes to be successful beyond the initial start-up stage. Students investigate the features of successful marketing campaigns and report on how businesses succeed and prosper through methods such as expansion in products, market share or diversification. The unit explores how the marketing plan contributes to the overall business plan. The focus of this unit is on business growth and the challenges faced by businesses expanding at a national level. The unit explores issues in the business environment including the importance of intellectual property in protecting business ideas. The unit addresses the significance of employee motivation and the development of a business plan in the overall success of expansion.

Career & Enterprise – General

This unit focuses on adopting a proactive approach to securing and maintaining work. It involves self-management, using work search tools and techniques, developing career competencies, and accessing learning opportunities which are essential for career building. An assessment is made of the multi-dimensional operation and organisation of workplaces. The legal, ethical and financial considerations underpinning corporate and individual rights and responsibilities and the resolution of conflict are examined. This unit explores issues associated with career management, workplaces and influences and trends in times of change. Change can be analysed and the information used to inform strategies associated with self-management, career building and personal and professional learning experiences. This unit investigates the dynamic nature of the inter-relationships between these strategies.

Modern History – ATAR

This unit examines the characteristics of modern nations in the 20th century; the crises that confronted nations, their responses to these crises and the different paths nations have taken to fulfil their goals. Students study the characteristics of one nation. Students investigate crises that challenged the stability of government, the path of development that was taken and the social, economic and political order that was either established or maintained. This unit examines some significant and distinctive features of the modern world within the period 1945–2001 in order to build students’ understanding of the contemporary world – that is, why we are here at this point in time. These features include changes to the nature of the world order: shifting international tensions, alliances and power blocs; the emergence of Asia as a significant international political and economic force.

Philosophy & Ethics – ATAR

This unit enables students to examine the mapping of arguments; humanism, religion and values; individualism and social identity; the ideals of a good society; and the ideals of politics and government. This unit enables students to examine complex arguments; a number of higher-order systems of inquiry; ways of understanding the relationship between religion and science; and ethical issues of life and death.

Geography – ATAR

This unit focuses on the changing biophysical cover of the Earth’s surface, the creation of anthropogenic biomes and the resulting impacts on either global climate or biodiversity. Land cover transformations have changed both global climate and biodiversity through their interaction with atmospheric and ecological systems. Challenges exist in designing urban places to render them more productive, vibrant and sustainable. How people respond to these challenges, individually and collectively, will influence the sustainability and liveability of places into the future. While all places are subject to changes produced by economic, demographic, social, political and environmental processes, the outcomes of these processes vary depending on local responses, adaptations and planning practices.