Social Science


 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. – George Santayana 

Education in the Social Science Department is about increasing people's understanding of society's activities, using the inquiry cycle and incorporating hands on learning experiences. While History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business are compulsory junior subjects under the Australian Curriculum, at Rockhampton State High School we aim to make Social Sciences engaging with role plays, experiments, field studies and simulations, as well as focusing on a variety of local, national, and international contexts.

Subject Outlines 

Year 7 – History -  The Ancient World

The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60,000BC to c.650AD. In particular, students investigate the extinction of Australian Megafauna, the evidence from Kanomi-Woppaburra occupation of the Keppel Islands, and change and continuity in Ancient Egypt.


Year 7 – Geography - Water and Place, and Liveability

The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of geography which asks students to analyse and reflect upon how humans are using natural resources.  Students study facility and infrastructure development both locally and globally to ascertain how humans manipulate their surroundings to enhance their quality of life, as well as how water has influenced settlement and civilisation development. 


Year 7 – Civics and Citizenship - Australia's Legal and Political Systems in a Diverse Society

The curriculum provides a study of the key features of Australia's system of government and explores how this system aims to protect all Australians, as well as a study of the responsibilities and freedoms of citizens and how Australians can actively participate in their democracy.


Year 8 – Economics and Business – Business Opportunities and Challenges

The curriculum provides a study of how markets operate and why governments may influence the market's operation, the rights and responsibilities of consumers and businesses in terms of financial and economic decision-making, why different types of businesses exist and how they can respond to opportunities in the market, and what influences the way people work and the factors that may affect work in the future.


Year 8 – History - The Ancient to the Modern World

The Year 8 curriculum provides a study of history from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period, c.650 AD (CE) – 1750. The depth studies for this year level include investigating the motives of people in Medieval Europe and significance of isolation in Shogunate Japan.


Year 8 – Geography - Landforms and Landscapes, and Megacities

The year 8 curriculum commences with a focussed study on landforms and the geomorphologic processes which shaped the landscape.  Students understanding of urbanisation and the global economic and social issues which emerge with increasing urbanisation is broadened by examining redistributions of population, including international migration. 


Year 9 - Semester 2 - The Making of the Modern World

The Year 9 History unit provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. Topics for study include the movement of people during the Industrial Revolution and the significance of World War One in shaping Australian Identity.


Year 10 - Semester 1 - The Modern World and Australia

The year 10 course of study provides a study of the history of the modern world and Australia from 1918 to the present with an emphasis on Australia in its global context. This study will include investigating various perspectives of World War Two and the significance of shifting Rights and Freedoms in the modern era.


Assessments, across the range of subjects include a mix of portfolio tasks, research assignments, multimodal presentations and response to stimulus exams.


Senior School


The Junior School subjects form a basis for the senior subject of Ancient History (General) and Social and Community Studies (Applied).  Ancient History examines a number of ancient civilisations from the across the globe, such as the Romans, Greeks, Persians and Chinese, as well providing students the opportunity to choose which civilization they learn about though the inquiry process such as the Vikings, Egyptians or Spartans. Social and Community Studies provides and opportunity for students to engage with their local, national and global communities across a range of topics including the law, relationships, the arts, sustainability the world of work, and technology.


Ms. Sally Dee – Head of Social Science and Languages​

Last reviewed 09 May 2022
Last updated 09 May 2022