Learning
Humanities

Year 7 Humanities

The Humanities provide a framework for students to examine the complex processes that have shaped the modern world and to investigate responses to different challenges including people’s interconnections with the environment. Students focus on the disciplines of Geography and History in year 7 and are also introduced to Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. There is a strong focus on critical thinking skills across the Humanities curriculum at Emmaus.

In Geography, a focus is placed on two sub-strands: Water in the World and Place and Liveability. Water in the World focuses on water as an example of a renewable environmental resource. It develops students’ understanding of the concept of environment, including the ideas that the environment is the product of a variety of processes, that it supports and enriches human and other life in different ways and that the environment has its specific hazards. Place and liveability focuses on the concept of place through an investigation of liveability. Students examine factors that influence liveability and how it is perceived, the idea that places provide us with the services and facilities needed to support and enhance our lives, and that spaces are planned and managed by people.

In History, students study history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60 000 BC (BCE) – c.650 AD (CE). Three ancient societies are studied in year 7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Cultures, Ancient Rome and Ancient China. The Ancient period was defined by the development of cultural practices and organised societies. The study of the ancient world includes the discoveries (the remains of the past and what we know) and the mysteries (what we do not know) about this period of history.

Areas of Study

  • Geography: Place and Liveability
  • Geography: Water in the World
  • History: Historical Skills and Concepts
  • History: Indigenous Australia
  • History: Ancient Worlds of Europe and the Mediterranean (Ancient Rome)
  • History: Ancient Worlds of Asia-Pacific (Ancient China)

Assessments

  • SPICESS task
  • Weather reading activity
  • Urban development task
  • Investigative Essay
  • Research Project
  • Semester Examinations