Humanities and Social Sciences

Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic and political contexts. At Applecross Senior High School, HaSS has a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers opportunities and challenges for the future.

In the Western Australian Curriculum, the HaSS Learning Area comprises four subjects: Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business, Geography and History.

By studying Humanities and Social Sciences, students will develop the ability to question; think critically; make decisions based on evidence; devise proposals for actions; and communicate effectively.

Thinking about, reflecting on, and responding to issues requires understanding the key historical, geographical, political, legal, economic, business and societal factors involved, and how these different factors interrelate.

The HaSS subjects provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop a broad understanding of the world in which we live and how people can participate as active and informed citizens in the 21st century.

We encourage our Academic Extension and Acceleration students to enter a number of competitions throughout the year and participate in camps, fieldwork and incursions to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding. HaSS teachers also offer electives in Year 9 and 10 including Accounting, Career and Enterprise, Finance, Global Citizenship and Sustainability and Legal Studies. 

In Senior School (Years 11 and 12), HaSS offers various ATAR, General, Certificate and University pathway courses, all of which are taught by experienced staff who are subject matter experts.