A Uniting Church coeducational independent day and boarding school in Adelaide,
South Australia

Early Learning to Year 12

Humanities & Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences

Frequently Asked Questions

Geography

What jobs will Geography lead to?
  • Climate science
  • Geology
  • Environmental consultant
  • Town Planner
  • GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • Cartographer
  • Public Policy
  • Spatial technology
  • Tourism
  • Teaching
What sort of assignments will I do in Geography?

You will cover a range of assessment types in Stage 1 and 2 Geography, including:

  • TED talk presentation
  • Report (investigation)
  • Essay/multimodal response to population change
  • Exam (30%)
Why should I study Geography?

Geography is vital to everyone as it covers the most important things in life: our world, and how humans interact with it. This includes topics such as:

  • Urban places (liveability and investigation)
  • Biological and human hazards
  • Population Change
  • Mapping and Fieldwork
Is there an external exam at Year 12?

Yes, it is worth 30% of your overall grade.

How much mapping knowledge is needed at Year 12?

Mapping is an important topic starting at Year 7 and continuing on till the end of Year 12. Within the external Year 12 exam approx. 25% of the questions are assessing a student’s mapping skills.

What is Fieldwork and how important is it?

Fieldwork is what makes Geography so different to many other subjects. This is when you go out in the ‘field’ to collect primary data and then interpret and analyse what it tells us.

At Year 12, students create their own fieldwork project and answer a question they are passionate about for their hypothesis. Getting outside of the classroom and applying knowledge and skills to our environment is an exciting part of the subject of Geography.

What are some characteristics about a student which will facilitate success in the subject?

To succeed in Geography, students need to be passionate about the world around them! Both human Geography and Physical Geography is a distinct advantage. Students in Geography enjoy identifying problems, coming up with possible solutions for an issue, and learning about place and space.

History

Do I have to have completed History in Year 11 to study it in Year 12?

It helps to have completed Stage 1 History before moving on to Stage 2. However, if you are sure you want to move, consider the following: how do you go with scholarly research? (It may help to consider your experience of Research Project.) How is your expression of ideas using evidence? (It may help to consider your abilities in English as a subject here.)

Can I do a combination of Ancient Studies and Modern History?

Stage 1 History and Ancient Studies are both semester programs, so you can certainly do both. This can be good to give you an idea of which one you would like to pursue in Stage 2.

What jobs will History lead to?

History is useful in most careers as it will provide the context that helps you understand the world as it moves forward. It is particularly relevant to the following:

  • International Studies
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Curatorship
  • Archaeology
  • Law
  • Philosophy
I struggle with tests. Can I still be successful at History?

We have a variety of assessment types in History. In Ancient Studies, you will complete short-timed tasks that are ‘open book’ but is largely assessed by assignments. Modern History does have a final exam (30%), but this is thoroughly scaffolded by your teacher, and you will be given lots of strategies and practise. Traditionally our students have responded well to the exams, showing our strategies are successful.

I really love [insert favourite topic]. Can I do that in History?

In both Ancient Studies and Modern History students conduct an independent inquiry which is on a topic chosen by the student. This allows you to get creative and explore an idea you love! For Ancient Studies this needs to be between c. 2000 BCE to 907 CE, and in Modern History this is from 1750 to the present day.

What is the difference between Ancient Studies and Modern History?

Both forms of History develop the same skills; the ability to collect and consider the nature of evidence and communicate your findings. Ancient Studies will focus on life between c. 2000 BCE to 907 CE, while Modern History considers our world from 1750 to the present day.

Specifically, our Stage 2 courses cover the following topics: Drama (plays of ancient Greece), Political power and authority (the downfall of the Roman Republic), and Daily Life, including medicine and philosophy. Modern History includes the struggle for peace in the Middle East, and the US from 1918 – 194.