Structure

Structure

In the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises five subjects: F–6/7 Humanities and Social Sciences, and Years 7–10 History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business. In all five subjects, the curriculum is organised into two broad interrelated strands: knowledge and understanding, and inquiry and skills

In the F–6/7 Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum, history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business are presented as sub-strands of the knowledge and understanding strand. In these years, students are introduced to history and geography from Foundation Year, civics and citizenship in Year 3 and economics and business in Year 5. In Years 7–10, the curriculum is organised by subject. In Years 9 and 10, student access to Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business will be determined by school authorities or individual schools.

Table 1: Humanities and Social Sciences in the Years F-10 curriculum

  Foundation – Year 2Years 3–4Years 5–6/7Years 7–10
History Humanities and Social Sciences Humanities and Social Sciences Humanities and Social Sciences History
Geography Geography
Civics and Citizenship N/A Civics and Citizenship
Economics and Business N/A N/A Economics and Business