Humanities and Social Sciences, and Languages (HASS&L) is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts. It focuses on the understanding of how the world works and thus, is a crucial aspect of contemporary education. In HASS&L, learning has an historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future.
By studying HASS&L, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively in multi-cultural contexts.
Thinking about, reflecting on, and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, legal, economic, linguistic, business, and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.
The HASS&L subjects provide students with the knowledge, skills and communicative proficiency they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.
The successes and achievements by both students and staff of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and Languages faculty at Margaret River SHS are both impressive and well documented. The faculty has a close working relationship with a variety of external agencies and contributes significantly to the academic standard of the school, school promotion, and student engagement and enrichment opportunities.
In 2020, the faculty consists of twelve highly experienced staff members. Five teachers are Level 3 Classroom Teachers (L3CT), several have worked or are working with SCSA and some are authors of published curriculum materials and textbooks. All Languages teachers are native and multilingual speakers of languages offered at Margaret River SHS.
The following subjects are on offer in HASS&L:
French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Mandarin (Chinese); History, Geography, Economics and Business, and Politics and Law
Mr Patrick Marzohl, Head of Humanities and Social Sciences