Social Studies

What do we want students to learn?

The social studies curriculum aims to guide students towards a deeper understanding of themselves and others, and of their place in an increasingly global society.

The content is arranged into five strands:
Human systems and economic activities
Students inquire into how and why people construct organizations and systems; the ways in which people connect locally and globally; the distribution of power and authority.
Social organization and culture
Students inquire into people, communities, cultures and societies; the ways in which individuals, groups and societies interact with each other.
Continuity and change through time
Students inquire into the relationships between people and events through time; the past, its influences on the present and its implications for the future; people who have shaped the future through their actions.
Human and natural environments
Students inquire into the distinctive features that gives a place its identity; how people adapt to and alter their environment; how people experience and represent place; the impact of natural disasters on people and the built environment.


Resources and the environment

Students inquire into the interaction between people and the environment; the study of how humans allocate and manage resources; the positive and negative effects of this management; the impact of scientific and technological developments on the environment.

Although these strands are considered separately, in practice they are inextricably linked.

 The social studies curriculum provides opportunities for students to:
  • Formulate and ask questions about the past, the future, places and society,
  • Draw information from, and respond to, stories about the past from geographical and societal sources,
  • Use and analyse evidence from a variety of historical, geographical and societal sources,
  • Sequence in chronological order,
  • Orientate in relation to place and time,
  • Identify roles, rights and responsibilities in society,
  • Assess the accuracy, validity and possible bias of sources.