The Humanities at Glenunga International High School focuses on supporting students to develop deep understanding of key historical, geographical, political, economic, legal and societal factors, with a focus on exploring how these different factors interrelate to create the physical and social world we live in. Significant support is provided for students to develop the inquiry skills required to compete effectively in Year 12 and beyond.
Humanities teachers empower students to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high-level skills needed for the 21st century. Teachers harness a wide range of pedagogical strategies to personalise learning and empower students to think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions and adapt to change.
Teaching and learning in the Humanities utilises technology (through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)) to maximise the use of face-to-face, in-class learning time. This time is characterised by teachers working collaboratively with students to respond to contemporary and historical issues and consider challenges for the future.
We focus on developing the 4 Cs – Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking – in our students which are skills that transcend all subject disciplines and reflect the demands of the real world.
Through the study of Geography, History, Economics, Business & Enterprise, Legal Studies, Civics and Citizenship, students expand their understanding of the patterns of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. We construct our inquiry units and investigations to ensure that students are challenged to examine and form a position on complex issues relating to values and attitudes in society locally and globally.
The Humanities curriculum is derived from the Australian Curriculum in the middle school and the SACE or IB Diploma in the senior school.
In the middle school, it is divided into the study of the disciplines of History and Geography incorporating Civics, Citizenship, Business and Economics. In the senior school we offer SACE pathways in Modern History, Legal Studies, Business and Enterprise and IB Diploma pathways in Economics, World History and Geography and Psychology.
An essential aspect of our curriculum is developing the school value of International Mindedness. We select depth studies, and investigations that examine historical and contemporary global issues or universal human problems and, through learning processes, enable our students to understand their place in a complex, rapidly changing world where identity and culture are paramount
For more information on the range of subject choices, please refer to our Curriculum Guide.