Full Year

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) is a subject that combines History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business. Each of these subjects is taught throughout the year within their own distinct units.

In Year 9 Students will engage in the following topics:

History: Students will study the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1918. Students will engage in units focused on The Industrial Revolution (1750 – 1914), Making a Nation (in which students investigate the History of Australia’s establishment and early history) and World War I (1914-1918). First Nations Peoples perspectives will be a particular focus for Year 9 History.

Geography: Students will study two core units of Biomes and Food Security and Geographies of Interconnections. They will investigate the Biomes of the world, their alteration and significance as a source of food and fibre. Then in Geographies of Interconnections students will focus on investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. Heavy emphasis in these units is placed on geographical skills.

Civics and Citizenship: Students in the unit will investigate the important role that the Australian Constitution holds in supporting democracy and empowering the federal system of government. They will develop an understanding of how law-making and changing is conducted, and understand the role of the Australian people in constitutional change.

Economics and Business: Students will examine three case studies of South Australian Viticulturalists and Winemakers who trade globally to investigate what it means for South Australia to be part of the global economy, particularly through trade with the countries of Asia. They explore the influence on the allocation of resources, and how businesses create and maintain competitive advantage. They examine the implications of interdependence of participants in the global economy for decision-making, and the human story behind business decisions.


Students will be assessed according to the distinct Achievement Standard for each of the subjects represented in the Australian HAAS Curriculum:

  • History
  • Geography
  • Civics and Citizenship
  • Economics and Business.