Society and Environment
SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT STAFF
Sam Rizzo - HOLA
Stephanie Dimeski - TAFElinks
The Society and Environment department is concerned with how humans interact and influence the natural world. The principal areas include Geography, History, Economics, Australian Studies, and Politics and Law. In Lower school (years 8 - 10) this is through a core subject study area where students study all aspects of the major areas. In Upper School (years 11 and 12) students will specialise into 4 main subject areas by their own choice, these being: Geography, History, Economics and Psychology.
Geography involves investigating how people and the natural environment are inter-related in the way we live. The course covers a range of interesting areas including: Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes Coastal Studies Atmospheric Studies - including the effects of El Nino, Global Warming, Natural Hazards, and reading Synoptic Charts (weather maps) World Biomes - the study of ecosystems and natural environmnents, Patterns of Development - the study of rich vs poorer nations and population patterns accross the globe.
History is divided into 2 main semesters of study:
Economics offers insight into the decisions and issues involving business, community leaders and politicians. The course provides understandings between:
This unit focuses on the general aspects of psychology. Students learn about the language of psychology and about how human behaviour can be explored in relation to themselves, others and society. They become familiar with relevant psychological theories that explain human behaviour and learn about the scope of psychology as a scientific discipline.
This unit focuses on a number of concepts that enable students to fully appreciate the complexities of human relationships, at an individual, group and societal level. Students are introduced to a number of terms, concepts and theories realtied to social cognition and personality. They focus on social relations and different aspects of social behaviour. They explore how the interaction with others shapes interpersonal processes such as aggression and conflict and examine, for example, why we are attracted to some people and not to others.