Social and Community Studies recognises people’s interaction in a variety of social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts. It allows students to understand how their identities are shaped by life opportunities and influenced by factors such as culture, gender, race, class, belief systems and economic status. The Social and Community Studies Applied syllabus deals with the skills students need to function efficiently, effectively and positively in current and future life roles. It encourages them to recognise that emotional and social wellbeing are significant to individuals, families, the community and society as a whole.
Social and Community Studies fosters personal development and social skills which lead to self-reliance, self-management and concern for others. It fosters appreciation of, and respect for, cultural diversity and encourages responsible attitudes and behaviours required for effective participation in the community and for thinking critically, creatively and constructively about their future role in it.
Students investigate these life skills through a variety of electives dealing with topics such as Australia’s place in the world, today’s society, legal issues, the Arts and the community, food and nutrition, health, recreation and leisure, relationships and gender issues, and science and technology. In collaborative learning environments, students use an inquiry approach to investigate the dynamics of society and the benefits of working with others in the community, allowing them to establish positive relationships and networks, and to be active and informed citizens. Social and Community Studies encourages students to explore and refine personal values and lifestyle choices.