Edmund Rice College. Introducing the Social Science Department. About this Department at ERC. Many independent schools and most State High schools have retained a traditional model of having separate History and Geography departments – as has this school.
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Social Science Department
The Geography centred group of subjects is known at our school as the Social Sciences. It includes:
Business Studies and
Social Science as a subject on its own has been out of usage since the development of KLA’s and particularly HSIE since the Education Reform Act of 1990.
Both Geography and History are the main subjects of the HSIE KLA (Human Society and its Environment Key Learning Area).
Interesting, Studies of Religion also belongs to this KLA but has been regarded as a separate and distinctive subject area.
Implementation of the Australian curriculum for History has already begun.
Geography has been slower getting its act together (perhaps beginning 2015)
No mention is made of time allocation for course or units for National Geography
our current use on Minnamurra Rainforest for Year 7 Geography classes will involve 3 separate days (to cater for 6 classes);
Total budgeted cost for 180 students to Minnamurra (entry + buses + printing + extra staffing)