Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) studies explore human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts. HASS focuses on both historical and contemporary aspects, taking into account personal and global perspectives, and addressing future challenges.

Through HASS studies, students will develop the ability to question, think critically, solve problems, communicate effectively, make decisions, and adapt to change. Understanding and addressing issues requires an awareness of the key historical, geographical, political, economic, and societal factors involved, as well as their interconnectedness. HASS subjects offer a comprehensive understanding of our world and encourages students to actively participate as informed citizens equipped with the high-level skills required in the 21st Century.

Comet Bay College’s comprehensive HASS program is mandatory for Year 7-10 students. Within this program, students explore four learning areas defined by the Australian Curriculum: History, Geography, Economics and Business, and Civics and Citizenship.


History promotes the understanding of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped humanity from earliest times. It aids students in developing an appreciation for the transformations the world and its people have undergone, while recognising the significant continuities that persist today. The curriculum typically adopts a global perspective, encompassing the history of Australia as well.


  • Geography integrates knowledge from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students analyse the reasons behind the distinct environmental and human characteristics of various places, explore their similarities and differences, delve into their meanings and significance to individuals, and examine how they are managed and modified.

Economics and Business

Economics and Business explores the decision-making processes of individuals, families, communities, businesses, and governments concerning resource allocation. Its objective is to equip students with an understanding of the economic and business decision-making process and its impact on themselves and others, both presently and in the future.

Civics and Citizenship

Civics and Citizenship investigates political and legal systems, while also exploring the concepts of citizenship, diversity, and identity within modern society. It empowers students to become active and well-informed citizens who actively participate in and uphold Australia’s democracy


Psychology is the scientific study of how we think, feel and act. This course is designed to integrate the understanding of scientific principles, the acquisition of psychological knowledge and the application of these in an enjoyable and contemporary forum. Students learn about major psychological models and theories and the methods used to investigate within the discipline of psychology. Their understanding of how these models and theories are applied in everyday settings will help them understand themselves and their world. Students are involved in scientific investigations and the analysis of data to illustrate how empirical procedures are used to examine phenomena such as memory, attention, attitudes, personality and group behaviour. Developing this foundation of scientific method and critical thinking are valuable skills students can acquire and apply throughout their study, work and everyday lives.

Together, these four areas of study provide a deep comprehension of our world and foster a greater understanding of global, societal, and community structures.

Each year, students are invited to participate in a wide array of tasks and competitions that enable them to acquire new skills, challenge their thinking, and demonstrate and exhibit their HASS knowledge. These opportunities include Shark Tanks, our Medieval Fair, Trade Fair, and the Just Start It interschool contest. Additionally, students in Years 9 and 10 have the option to add Criminology to their compulsory HASS studies.

Comet Bay College remains dedicated to HASS studies for our Upper School students, offering a wide range of General and ATAR courses, as well as Fee for Service Qualifications. Detailed information regarding these study options can be found in our comprehensive Upper School Course Selection Handbook on our website here:

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