Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts. Humanities and Social Sciences has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future.

In the Western Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

By studying HaSS, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively.

Thinking about, reflecting on, and responding to issues requires an understanding of the key historical, geographical, political, legal, economic, business, and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.

The HaSS subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills 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.

At Hedland Senior High School, our passionate HaSS Team aim to make learning engaging for our students. Providing opportunities for localised learning, hands on learning activities, imaginative tasks and a range of incursions linked to our local context.

Due to the strong engagement, we can offer a range of Elective Courses for Year 9 and 10 students who wish to pursue additional learning in a chosen interest area. The courses are as follows:

Year 7 – 10 CoursesYear 9 & 10 ElectivesYear 11 & 12 Courses
HaSSHistory MysteriesGeneral Business Management & Enterprise
Crime & JusticeATAR Modern History
World of Money
Sustainable Coasts

Canberra and Sydney Tour

The annual Canberra and Sydney Tour has become a highlight for Year 9 & 10 students at Hedland Senior High School. It offers students the opportunity to experience the institutions that collectively represent Australia’s history, democracy, and nationhood, and to forge bonds and memories of friendships with peers. For many, it is a significant first time away from family traveling inter-state, building personal and social capabilities. The cost is subsidised heavily through the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate (PACER). In 2023, students received $1785 towards the cost of their trip.