Faculties - Social Science

COMMERCE (YEAR 9, 10)

Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues.This course is offered as an elective course for students in Years 9 and 10. Students gain greater competence in problem-solving and decision-making by evaluating the range of consumer, financial, business, legal and employment strategies. Through the study of Commerce students develop financial literacy which enables them to participate in the financial system in an informed way. Topics studied include Consumer Choice, Personal Finance, Law and Society and Employment Issues.

BUSINESS STUDIES (YEAR 11, 12)

This course is for students who wish to learn about how a modern business works. You will study marketing, finance, operations and human resources, which comprise most of the successful businesses. Also you will explore the type of tasks that different key business functions require and the many and varied strategies that are implemented. It is anticipated that knowledge gained in this course will greatly assist students to succeed when they choose to set up or own their own business in future.

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LEGAL STUDIES (YEAR 11, 12)

Legal Studies develops students' knowledge, understanding and critical thinking skills in relation to the legal system and its effectiveness in promoting a just and fair society, with a view to empowering students to participate effectively as responsible citizens at the local, national and international level. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding about: the nature and institutions of domestic and international law the operation of Australian and international legal systems and the significance of the rule of law the interrelationship between law, justice and society and the changing nature of the law Furthermore, students will develop skills in: investigating, analysing and communicating relevant legal information and issues interest in and informed and responsible values and attitudes in regard to: legal functions, practices and institutions.

ECONOMICS (YEAR 11, 12)

Economic decisions have a crucial influence on the quality of life experienced by people throughout the world. The study of economics can help individuals, groups and societies make choices that assist them to improve their quality of life. This course is offered as an elective course for students in Years 11 and 12 Discussion of economic issues dominates the media and politics. By understanding economics, students can make informed judgements about issues and policies and participate responsibly in decision-making. Students will benefit from the study of economics if they engage in studies that include business, accounting and finance, media, law, marketing, employment relations, tourism, history, geography or environmental studies. Topics studied include Consumers and Business, Markets, Australia's Place in the Global Economy and Economic Policies and Management.

WORK STUDIES (YEAR 11, 12)

Work Studies plays an important role in assisting students to understand the world of work by gaining knowledge, skills, values and attitudes which will facilitate school to work transition. An awareness of issues and concepts related to the world of work and the acquisition of work-related skills are valuable for all students, irrespective of their post-school aspirations. Work Studies will assist students to recognise the links between education, training, work and lifestyle, and the economic and social factors that affect work opportunities. It will develop students' skills in accessing work-related information, presenting themselves to potential employers, and functioning effectively in the workplace. Work Studies can equip students to make more informed decisions about their future study and employment pathways. The strongly practical orientation of the course is intended to give students useful experiences against which to test their emerging career and/or study preferences. Develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the target language. Communicate confidently in the target language. Develop the ability to move successfully across and within cultures. Provide students with opportunities for continued learning and for future employment and experience, both domestically and internationally, in areas such as public relations, commerce, hospitality, education, marketing, international relations, media and tourism.