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Humanities & Social Sciences

The Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Learning Area at Shenton College recognises that in an increasingly globalised and politically, socially, economically and culturally complex world, it’s crucial to develop a strong understanding of society and of the relationships, ideas and structures within it.

Since the College’s inception in 2001, Shenton’s successful HASS Learning Area has achieved:

  • Subject Exhibitions for the Western Australian top student in Economics, Political and Legal Studies (2005, 2006), and Ancient History (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Certificates of Distinction for students in the top 0.5% of the state in Ancient History (8 students), Aspects of Tourism (4 students) Economics (5 students), Geography (3 students), Modern History (5 students) and Political and Legal Studies (2 students).

HASS courses are specifically designed to help students develop as ‘citizens’ and to provide broad educational skills along with a deep knowledge of democracy. HASS subjects also strive to instil in students a sense of confidence and empowerment through developing their ability to make informed choices in important areas of their lives. This ‘Learning for Life’ skill enables students to make sense of their rapidly changing environment through applying their learning in practical and positive ways as they encounter and learn to manage new experiences.