Studies of Society and Environment

Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) includes Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History. Civics and Citizenship is all about ensuring students have the skills and values to become active and informed citizens. Students will investigate political and legal systems, and explore the nature of citizenship, diversity and identity in contemporary society.

Economics and Business explores aspects of economics and business that affect daily life. Students will learn about the role that individuals, businesses and governments play in the economy, the way they make decisions about how to allocate resources and the effects of these decisions.

Geography provides opportunities for students to investigate, analyse and explain the characteristics of the places that make up our world. History provides opportunities for students to investigate Australian and world history. Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills through their study of societies, events, movements and developments. There are opportunities to study the role of individuals and groups and their significance.

The subjects of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business in the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area also provide for deeper engagement with abstract thought; students are encouraged to question established conventions, practices and values and consider possible outcomes and consequences of actions using logic. Exploration of social and environmental issues widens to local, national, regional and global contexts and a focus on investigative methods promotes the making and systematic testing of simple hypotheses about phenomena, issues and challenges. As they reflect on their own and others’ actions, values and attitudes, students develop and apply ethical thinking skills to real and proposed decisions and actions.