Students study the Humanities to explore why we are the way we are, as people and as a society. If we do not learn about our history, are we destined to repeat it? If we do not learn about our social systems and structures, how are we to improve them? Without learning about our world how we can hope to protect it? Students develop skills in communication, critical thinking, creative expression, teamwork, and problem solving. These skills build confidence giving students agency to engage with the issues that affect them personally and as part of a community of citizens on a bigger scale. In this academic stream we are attempting to learn how to prevent the extinction of humanity and drive the next wave of social, cultural, political, and economic evolution. We are striving to understanding the world around us and connect, on a deep level, with our humanity.

Junior (Year 7-9) Humanities
Senior (Year 10-12) Humanities

Junior (Year 7-9) Humanities

In History and Geography, students explore the processes that have shaped, and continue to shape different societies and cultures to appreciate the common humanity shared across time and distance. Students evaluate the ways in which humans have faced and continue to face different challenges. In Civics and Citizenship, students explore the systems that shape society, with a specific focus on national identity, Australian values and multiculturalism in Australia.

Junior Humanities explore how Australian values are reflected in the laws made by our state and federal parliaments. For instance, in the topic entitled Civics and Citizenship, they will take part in a mock parliamentary sitting and voting in a mock referendum on the topic of changing the current Australian flag design. Students also explore, landscapes and landforms, and megacities. The students learn to question why the world is the way it is and reflect on the impact population growth has had in these cities and how the government has tried to solve these problems.

Senior (Year 10-12) Humanities

Humanities is important as it is the building blocks of society as we now know it, whether it be financial literacy, environmental impacts, understanding the way the world operates by viewing previous events, or simply understanding the role that individuals play within a democratic society (both the rights and responsibilities). In our VCE program students have an opportunity to dive deeper into what each individual subject has to offer. These experiences can include competing in the La Trobe University Moot Competition or speaking with a County Court judge.

Should students wish to pursue Humanities through to VCE level, their subject options are vast and include History, Legal Studies (20th Century and Revolutions), Accounting and Business Management. Our teaching team brings a range of experiences to the teaching of our VCE subjects. Our staff consists of teachers with backgrounds in running businesses and working in industry. This includes staff that have worked as Forensic Auditors, VCE Exam Assessors and business owners. Not only do our VCE teaches have industry experience they also have a combined total of over 50 years teaching experience. St Aloysius Humanities subjects consistently perform well with our 2021 Year 12 cohort averaging a study score over 31 across all Humanities subjects.