Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future. By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively. 


In the Western Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: 

  • Civics and Citizenship 
  • Economics and Business 
  • Geography  
  • History 

The study of Humanities and Social Sciences aims to develop in students: 

  • A deep knowledge and sense of wonder, curiosity and respect for places, people, cultures, events, ideas and environments throughout the world 
  • A lifelong sense of belonging to, and engagement with, civic life, with the capacity and willingness to be informed, responsible, ethical and active participants in society at a local, national and global scale 
  • A knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of the past and the forces that shape society 
  • The ability to think critically, solve problems, make informed decisions and propose actions in relation to real-world events and issues 
  • Enterprising behaviours and capabilities that enable them to be active participants and decision-makers in matters affecting them, which can be transferred into life, work and business opportunities 
  • An understanding of, and commitment to, the concepts of sustainability to bring about equity and social justice 
  • A knowledge and understanding of the connections among the peoples of Asia, Australia and the rest of the world. 


Years 11 and 12 

The knowledge, skills and values acquired during the Lower School Program will equip students to successfully complete one or more of the Upper School ATAR Courses offered at Cape Naturaliste College: 

  • Modern History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Business Management and Enterprise
  • Accounting and Finance