Learning Framework

Social Science

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In the Senior Years, Social Science offers students the opportunity to study areas of personal interest that will form the foundations for their future.

Year 10

Geography is a core subject and all students are required to complete the course in Years 7–10. Geography is a rich and complex discipline, involving two key dimensions:

  • the spatial dimension — where things are and why they are there
  • the ecological dimension — how humans interact with environments.

In Year 10, students have the opportunity to explore their own interests within the Social Sciences. Both Commerce and International Studies are offered as electives, and allow students to engage in commercial and international community studies, with a greater level of participation.

Be the Change Agent: A Design Thinking Challenge, run in conjunction with Knox Grammar School, provides Year 10 students with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of business. The four-day program sees teams of up to ten boys and girls assume management roles and run a virtual company, under the guidance of an experienced mentor.

Years 11–12

There are a range of elective Social Science courses offered in the Higher School Certificate (HSC), and Individuals and Societies subjects in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.


Courses offered in the HSC include:

  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Society and Culture

Business Studies

Business Studies provides students with a foundation across the four key concepts of Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Operations. Integrated within these concepts are case studies, which allow students to apply their theoretical knowledge to contemporary business issues. Inflation, economic growth, unemployment, income and wealth distribution, foreign debt, labour markets and exchange rates, are key issues studied.


Economics is a subject that promotes a greater higher order thinking, based on the concept of resolving key economic issues. The incorporation of contemporary economic issues and polices are fundamental. Lessons are life-long and benefit students as they take their place in society.


Geography allows students to enhance their understanding and application of human and natural geography both within their local and global communities. Students are exposed to the world of viticulture, urban growth, ecosystems at risk and world cities. This allows students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the changing communities that they live in, and become more informed as active and knowledgeable participants.

Society and Culture

Society and Culture allows students to compare their own micro-societies, against others that exist around the world. Belief systems, popular culture, continuity and change are key elements of study. Research skills are developed extensively, and achieved through a personal interest project, based on a topic area of the student's choice.

IB Diploma

Students studying the IB Diploma Program must study at least one subject from the Individuals and Societies Academic Area. Subjects offered include:

  • Economics
  • Global Politics
  • Psychology
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

Studying any one of these subjects provides for the development and critical appreciation of human experience and behaviour, the varieties of physical, economic and social environments that people inhabit and the history of social and cultural institutions. Each subject is designed to foster in students the capacity to identify, analyse critically and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments, relating to the nature and activities of individuals and societies.