Humanities involves the study of human societies and environments, people and their cultures in the past and the present. Humanities provides a framework for developing key ideas and concepts that enable students to understand and make sense of the world around them.
The use of research skills and inquiry processes is essential in the Humanities. Students learn to plan an investigation and ask key questions. They question and analyse a range of data and sources including artifacts, photographs, maps, stories, interviews, site visits and electronic media. They form conclusions supported by evidence and present information in a variety of ways.
The Humanities discipline is organised into three areas:
The Humanities Faculty at Williamstown High School offers a vibrant and highly engaging program.
The disciplines of History and Geography are taught across one semester each at Year 7 and 8. Politics is introduced at year 9, with each discipline being taught for a term each, as well as key ideas integrated into the immersion program.
Some topics taught at Williamstown High School include:
- Medieval History – an examination of the life and times of the Middle Ages
- WWI – an analysis of the war from both an Australian and global perspective
- Food Security – an exploration of the availability and access to food on a global scale
- Liveability– a geographic study of what makes a place liveable, focussed on the local environment
The Humanities Faculty at Williamstown High School offers students a diverse range of opportunities to powerfully immerse themselves into the study of the world around us. We offer an extensive extracurricular program with activities which may have include:
- Kryal Castle – a day of medieval madness where students visit a replica castle and explore the time period through hands-on activities
- Shrine of Remembrance – gain insights into the experiences of Australian soldiers and nurses during the Great War, includes handling of uniforms and everyday equipment
- Chinese Museum – a hands-on exploration of the Han Dynasty through artefacts and objects
- Foodbank Victoria– a guided tour of the facilities and an opportunity to see, firsthand, the amounts of food required to support those in need