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Humanities aims to provide a framework for the development of student knowledge and understanding of Australian society and societies of other countries; local and global environments and the interaction of people with the environment.

Studies in the Humanities Learning Area allow students to develop knowledge and skills that enable them to participate as active and informed citizens in a democratic society and in the global community.

In Years 7 to 9, Humanities is delivered through the study of a semester each of History and Geography. In Year 10, students can choose to study either one or two areas of Humanities which cover the following topics, WWII, Civil Rights and the Law, World of Business and Our Crowded Earth.

Year 7

Students study ancient societies, one of which is the Ancient Civilisation of Rome. In semester two the emphasis is on Geography. Students develop an understanding of Australia and its place in the region. They develop geography skills with a particular emphasis on mapping.

Year 8

Students study 'History – The Changing World' and use investigative and research skills to compare the social, political and economic changes that took place in Europe during the Middle Ages and beyond. They also undertake 'Geography – Earth and People', where students focus on Global Geography, weather and weather hazards.

Year 9

In the first semester, students focus on the Industrial Revolution and early Australian colonial history leading to Federation. An introduction to Australia’s political system is also studied in this semester, with particular attention given to the various functions and responsibilities of the houses of parliament and to the levels of government. In semester two the subject not only takes on a history perspective while studying Australia's involvement during WWI, but also a geography component is studied. Students investigate food and the ability to source food for the worlds current population.

Year 10

In Year 10, students have the option of choosing either one or two Semester based subjects in Humanities. Students have the choice of World War Two, which looks at the rise of Hitler and Nazism and Australia’s involvement in WWII. The World of Business is a study of the business environment and its interaction with the economy. Students who choose to study Civil Rights and the Law focus on the Australian Legal System and the struggle to obtain rights by minority groups. Our Crowded Earth allows students to explore current environmental and sustainable economic issues that are challenging Australia and the Asia Pacific region. These subjects allow students to gather an insight into VCE Economics, Accounting, Legal Studies, Business Management, History and Geography.

VCE level

At VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) level students are able to specialise in the subjects outlined below, for more information on each subject please click on the subject that you'd like to learn more about.

  • Accounting is an information system; providing financial and other information for making and evaluating decisions about the management of resources.

    It plays an integral role in the successful operation and management of a small business. Students will study theoretical and practical aspects of Accounting and develop skills in calculating, recording and reporting events to support more effective decision making. The accounting information will be collected and applied, using both manual and information technology methods.

  • This study examines the various types of business organisations that operate within Australia and the ways in which people manage them.

    Students will study different sized firms, from the very small owner/manager type to the large corporation. This subject is a perfect introduction to the world of business and to any business course offerings a student may wish to undertake. It also provides a wealth of knowledge to students as they take on future employment.

  • Classical Studies is the study of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. These cultures have contributed to modern cultures in many ways. We study areas such as literature, art, history and social structures.

    Therefore, the focus is on all aspects of these societies and how they are significant to our own present-day society. As with the History courses, Classical Societies and Cultures is a great preparation for many careers and will help you to develop many skills. Furthermore, it is an exciting time to revisit Ancient Greece and Rome due to the interest of Hollywood with recent blockbusters such as “Gladiator”, “Troy “, “Alexander the Great” and “Clash of the Titans”.

  • In Economics students learn more about their own society. In particular they learn about making their society better.

    Newspapers contain many articles dealing with economic issues (inflation, unemployment, trade etc.) These articles often put forward differing opinions and solutions. Economics helps students to understand important current issues more clearly. The study of Economics focuses on how production occurs, how resources are used and how the proceeds of production are distributed. These are economic decisions taken by individuals, groups, businesses and governments, which not only reflect the well-being of particular nations but increasingly influence living standards regionally and globally.

  • Geographers investigate the changing pattern of places using a range of geographical resources and skills.

    This study focuses on the geography of place and change. Through the use of key geographic ideas students will observe, describe, explain, and analyse patterns of phenomena which effect places at or near the Earth’s surface. Along with practical class work activities, fieldwork plays an important part in the study of Geography.

  • History is the study of people and society. It is finding out about events and investigating why these events happened.

    History helps us understand the world we live in and to question how the past is used in society today. The focus of History is “people”. History courses are a great preparation for many careers including Law, Journalism, Film, Computing, Radio and Television Advertising, Marketing, International Trade, Economics, and more!

    History is not only exciting as you learn about people (past and present) but it also helps you develop valuable life skills; some of which include researching, report writing, analysing information, presenting information, and problem-solving. These skills are important to other areas of student study as well as to the careers students may decide upon in the future.

    Penola Catholic College offers Year 11 students the opportunity to study Twentieth-Century History (1900 - 1945) and Twentieth-Century History (post World War II). In year 12 students are able to choose between Renaissance History and Australian History.

  • In the twenty-first century, political decisions and actions taken by individuals, groups, organisations and governments are increasingly global in their impact.

    Global Politics will enable students to understand and reflect on contemporary national and international political issues, problems and events, and the forces that shape them. The study offers students the opportunity to engage with key political, social and economic issues, to become more informed citizens, voters and participants in their local, national and international communities.

    The study of Global Politics prepares students for further formal study at tertiary level or in vocational education and training settings, as well as broadens students’ knowledge of, and ability to participate in, key global issues.

  • In Legal Studies students learn how laws are made and also discover the connection between laws and our society, a connection which impacts on their enforcement and generates a need for changes.

    Students have the opportunity to learn about their rights and responsibilities in society and their obligations under the law. Further, students learn about our courts and tribunals and how disputes are resolved and also consider whether our law and the operation of the legal system is just.

    Legal Studies is an area of study that is relevant to every students’ daily life and provides students with the opportunity to form opinions, hear opinions of others and formulate solutions.

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