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Humanities subjects occupy an important place in the curriculum of Bowen State High School. In Years 7-10 all students study Humanities and Social Sciences as part of their core subjects and in Years 11 and 12 students have the option of selecting from four subjects: Legal Studies, Geography, Ancient History (distance education), and Modern History (distance education).

The humanities help us understand others through their languages, histories and cultures. They foster social justice and equality and they reveal how people have tried to make moral, spiritual and intellectual sense of the world. The humanities teach empathy. It is through studying this discipline that students will deal critically and logically with subjective, complex, imperfect information and be taught to weigh evidence sceptically and consider more than one side of every question. Our humanities program builds skills in writing and critical reading, which encourages students to think creatively. They teach us to reason about being human and to ask questions about our world. The humanities develop informed and critical citizens and without the humanities, our democracy could not flourish.


In Years 7 – 10 history builds experience in dealing with and assessing various kinds of evidence—the sorts of evidence historians use in shaping the most accurate pictures of the past that they can. Learning how to interpret the role and actions of cultures and civilisations is one kind of evidence that helps form the capacity to distinguish between the objective and the self-serving statements made by present-day political leaders. Learning how to combine the different kinds of evidence of public statements, private records, numerical data and visual materials develops students’ ability to make coherent arguments based on a variety of data. This skill can also be applied to information encountered in everyday life.

Historical study, in sum, is crucial to the promotion of the well-informed citizen. It provides factual information about the background of our political institutions and about the values and problems that affect our social well-being. It contributes to our capacity to use evidence, assess interpretations, and analyse change and continuities.

Our junior history program follows the Australian Curriculum using the time period progression below.