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SOSE

 

Junior school

SOSE is the learning area which concerns how we live together with others within the natural world. The primary purpose of SOSE is to help young people develop the ability to make reasoned and informed decisions for the betterment of themselves and society. SOSE teaches students to be active, informed and responsible citizens in their communities, their nation and the world.

In the Junior school, students study History as the SOSE component of their studies.

Senior school

Ancient history

Course overview:

Ancient History is the study of the Ancient World from pre-history to the end of the Roman Empire. Students apply the inquiry process to history thereby acquiring the methods and procedures of the historian by engaging in the formulation of hypotheses, research and discussion, problem solving and the application of previous knowledge to new situations. Ancient History focuses on the application of higher order thinking and research skills which enables  success in a  wide range of courses at a tertiary level.

Course outline:

Year 11 

  • Studies of archeaology.
  • Studies of funerary  pracitces or
  • Studies of palaeolithic and neolithic societies.
  • Studies of conflict – either Ancient Greece in the 5th century BC or ancient roman republic from 133BC to 1AD.
  • Personalities in history.

Year 12  

  • The influence of groups in ancient societies – may include slaves, women, children   or
  • Studies of power.

Either:

  • Studies of the arts - focusing on leisure and entertainment in the ancient world  and
  • Studies of religion.

Or:

  • Studies of Europe in transition.

Modern history

Course overview:

Modern History is a subject which provides students with an understanding of the contemporary world. By conducting a series of inquiries into and the events which have shaped human and social development, students should gain a greater understanding of how the world in which they live operates and  a range of human experiences from different time periods. The course encougages students to develop a broad range of inquiry skills, ultimately promoting an ability to think critically and make judgments about society while effectively relating historical events to everyday life. Modern History focuses on a number of higher order thinking, writing and research skills which will enable students to be successful in a wide range of courses at a tertiary level.  Students will learn invaluable lessons for the future through an examination of the past.

Course outline:

Year 11 

  • Studies of conflict: WWI & the League of Nations; Nazi Germany; the United Nations and its effectiveness; The Cold War; Australia’s involvement in conflict resolution and peace keeping; terrorism and responses to it.

Year 12  

  • Studies of power: powerful people; powerful leaders; power relationships and struggles.
  • Studies of hope: race relations; British Raj and Gandhi.

Economics:

Course overview: 

Topics covered throughout the Senior Economics course allows students to cover a range of current day topical issues such as employment, wealth, environment and how businesses and the economy operate. The course encourages students to develop higher order thinking skills by using a range of resources such as youtube, news articles, cartoons and with regular class discussion. An understanding of how the economy works will also assist students in making good financial decisions throughout their lives.

Course outline:

Year 11 

  • Markets and models.
  • Contemporary micro-economic issues.

Year 12  

  • Contemporary macro-economic management.
    International economics.

Geography

Course overview:

By studying Geography, students develop an understanding of the social, environmental and planning issues confronting the world today. Students also develop the ability to make logical and informed decisions relating to those issues. Our studies are approached in a thematic and theoretical fashion. We do not study `other countries' in Senior Geography, but rather investigate a variety of pertinent issues facing Australia and the world today. Geography focuses on a number of higher order thinking and research skills which will enable students to be successful in a wide range of courses at a tertiary level.

Course outline:

It is recommended that students who wish to receive certification for Geography as a Queensland Studies Authority subject complete the full course. This requires students to study for 4 semesters over 2 years.

Year 11 

  • Managing the natural environment.
  • Social environments.

Year 12

  • Resources and environment.
  • People and development.