Social Science covers a range of subjects and skills at Years 7 to 13.
In Years 7 and 8, social science combines with science to form inquiry learning. With teacher guidance, all students choose and research topics such as the Pacific World, Communities, Exploration and Local Industries.
In Years 9 and 10, all students complete topics such as migration, the economic world, treaties, government and laws, multi-cultural societies and future studies. These topics all combine literacy skills such as reading carefully, picking out the main points, diagramming the main idea and paragraph writing. Therefore we are practising English skills, but in different settings.
In Year 10 there is also an option course of Business Studies. This is an introduction to accounting, budgeting, economics and basic marketing.
From Years 11-13, social science broadens out into geography, history, media studies, accounting and tourism. All of these subjects have an internally assessed series of assessments and most have external assessments in November. A more detailed description of each subject is contained in the current OHS course directory.
Accounting covers financial statements, financial decision-making, accounting software and report writing.
Geography looks at mapping, sustainability, extreme natural events, urban studies, Amazonia, coastal studies, planning an event and global studies.
History includes the causes and consequences of major modern events and the emergence of new nations such as Vietnam. Level three delves into Elizabethan intrigue, sex, war and politics. Media studies cover both digital media as well as film and print media. Digital Media Studies covers developments in the gaming industry and website development.