Discipline Areas


Humanities at Shelford aims to challenge girls to discover, analyse and evaluate real world situations, preparing them for what they may encounter in their future careers. This diverse learning area covers a range of disciplines including Economics, Geography, History, Civics and Citizenship. It addresses past and contemporary perspectives to develop an understanding of democratic and just societies, citizenship, enterprise and environmental sustainability.

In Humanities, students will explore issues at a global, national and local scale, which is supported by a multitude of excursions allowing girls to become active learners and problem-solvers. A Shelford student in the Senior School may visit various legal courts, Parliament House, the Port of Melbourne, the Shrine, local rivers and beaches, and even Barwon Prison during the VCE years. Furthermore, each year of Humanities provides exciting and memorable school based events for girls to take part in such as the annual Afternoon at the Museum which celebrates Year 7 students' understanding of ancient civilisations, Medieval Day in Year 8, a Justice Challenge in Year 9 as well as the chance to run a school market day and trivia night in VCE. Students participate in many national competitions such as the Spirit of Anzac and the Australian Geography competition as well as inter-school mock UN Debating and Mooting. The Humanities faculty encourages students to acquire knowledge, skills and values that enable them to participate as active and informed citizens in a democratic society, and have an appreciation for the global community and environment.

Structure and Assessment

Middle School Humanities (Years 7-9) ensures students undertake all four disciplines throughout the year, following the AusVELS curriculum. Units of work aim to develop students' understanding of key knowledge, skills and concepts with increasing complexity as they progress though each year. Assessment across the middle school program is ongoing and aimed at assisting each student's learning process. Assessment tasks include maintenance of workbooks, research assignments, tests, essays, analysis tasks, written and oral communication and group work. Many of these tasks are differentiated to cater for students' interests and abilities and incorporate the use of a range of technological devices and software.

In Year 10, students are required to choose two Humanities disciplines they wish to study in depth for a semester each. At this year level girls also have the option to undertake elective subjects such as International Studies. As well as ongoing assessment tasks, students are expected to complete a semester examination for each subject. At this age many students commence their working life and therefore all Year 10 students undertake a Financial Literacy course to improve their awareness of Australian economic regulations and personal financial management.

VCE Humanities offers a diverse range of subjects including Accounting, Business Management, Global Politics, History and Legal Studies. VCE subjects are assessed in accordance with the requirements established by the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority. Assessment in VCE Unit 1 and 2 subjects is based on work requirements, tests and examinations. The school, together with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority will supervise the assessment of all students undertaking Units 3 and 4.

Key Skills:

Across the Humanities program, students will develop the following skills:

  • Inquiry skills - researching, processing and interpreting information.
  • Problem solving skills - evaluating information and making future predictions.
  • Communication skills - written and oral communication skills.
  • Participation skills - effective management, decision making and collaborative work skills.
  • Management skills - self-reliance and responsibility for own learning.

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