In the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises five subjects: F–6/7 Humanities and Social Sciences, and Years 7–10 History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business. In all five subjects, the curriculum is organised into two broad interrelated strands: knowledge and understanding, and inquiry and skills
In the F–6/7 Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum, history, geography, civics and citizenship and economics and business are presented as sub-strands of the knowledge and understanding strand. In these years, students are introduced to history and geography from Foundation Year, civics and citizenship in Year 3 and economics and business in Year 5. In Years 7–10, the curriculum is organised by subject. In Years 9 and 10, student access to Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business will be determined by school authorities or individual schools.
Table 1: Humanities and Social Sciences in the Years F-10 curriculum
|Foundation – Year 2||Years 3–4||Years 5–6/7||Years 7–10|
|History||Humanities and Social Sciences||Humanities and Social Sciences||Humanities and Social Sciences||History|
|Civics and Citizenship||N/A||Civics and Citizenship|
|Economics and Business||N/A||N/A||Economics and Business|