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Humanities

Humanities

Studying Humanities at Avila College involves the study of the following four disciplines;

  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History.

In Year 7 students study Humanities in which Geography and History are covered. The Geography in this unit focuses on the valuable resource of water and Ancient History is studied.

At Year 8 students complete a semester of both History and Geography. Medieval History is investigated and the Geography course focuses on a study of natural processes including volcanoes, mountain landscapes and coasts.

In the Middle School a core semester length unit of History is completed at both Year 9 and 10. The focus is Australian History with Year 9 students learning about the period from 1750-1918 and Year 10 students focusing on the time from 1918 to present. Elective units in Economics and Geography are offered. Students can elect to study Money Makes the World Go Round, Paddock to Plate and Wet and Wild at Year 9. Year 10 units are also offered in both Economics and Geography. The Economics unit is World of Commerce and Geography offers Where to From Here.

A wide range of VCE units are offered to Year 11 and 12 students. These include Accounting, Australian Global Politics, Business Management, Classical Studies, Geography, History (20th Century History at Year 11 and Revolutions at Year 12) and Legal Studies.

Acceleration is offered to students in a number of the VCE subjects listed above. Students are encouraged to participate in competitions across all disciplines and excursions are an integral component of the learning process.

The study of Humanities helps students to;

  • Develop key ideas and concepts that enable them to understand the broad subject ranges of humanities subjects in the Curriculum
  • Improve inquiry processes and research skills
  • Learn how to plan an investigation and identify key questions
  • Analyse a range of data from sources including artefacts, photographs, maps, stories, special events, interviews, site visits and electronic media
  • Form conclusions supported by evidence
  • Present information in a variety of ways and formats to support a conclusion.