Society and Culture

Full Year

In Society & Culture, students gain insight into the significance of factors such as gender, ethnicity, racism, class, and power. Students will learn to critically analyse different viewpoints about people, societies, and issues, and gain a better understanding of the diversity within and across societies.

Students learn about the ways in which societies constantly change and are affected by social, political, historical, environmental, economic, and cultural factors.

Students develop the skills and experience to understand how individual and group involvement can influence change, and to consider the consequences of a range of possible social actions. They learn to challenge their own thinking and develop skills in presenting opinions supported by evidence.

Topics cover three broad groups:
• Culture e.g. The Material World
• Contemporary Challenges e.g. People & the Environment
• Global Issues e.g. A question of rights.

Although completing Society & Culture in Stage 1 is not required for taking this subject in Stage 2, it is beneficial. Most Stage 1 Humanities subjects will provide a solid skill foundation for this subject.


The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in
Stage 2 Society & Culture:

School-based assessment

  • Folio 50%
  • Interaction 20%

External Assessment

  • Investigation 30%