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Studies of Society and Environment

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​Studies of society and environment (SOSE) is studied as a compulsory subject in junior secondary. An extended version is offered as one of the subjects in our Magna Academic Excellence program.

Since 2010, Australia has been moving toward a national framework for schooling aimed at raising education standards and achieving nationally consistent curriculum, assessment and reporting.  This has direct implications on the study of Humanities in junior secondary at Springfield Central State High. Currently, junior humanities are represented by the study of junior History, Geography and Legal Studies.

History

History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops students' curiosity and imagination. Awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others. It promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times.

In year’s 7-10, Springfield Central State High students will study the following historical periods: the Ancient World, the Ancient to the Modern World, the Making of the Modern World and the Modern World and Australia. The key concepts covered through the study of these historical periods are; evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, significance, perspectives, empathy and contestability.  

An understanding of world history enhances students‘ appreciation of Australian history. It also helps students to appreciate Australia's distinctive path of social, economic and political development, its position in the Asia-Pacific region, and its global interrelationships. This knowledge and understanding is essential for informed and active participation in Australia's diverse society and prepares students for further studies in senior secondary subjects.

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Last reviewed 17 September 2018
Last updated 17 September 2018