Humanities and Social Sciences


Head of Learning Area


Ms Belinda Powell



The learning area of HASS covers breadth and depth across the major disciplines of History, Geography, Economics & Business and Civics & Citizenship with Aboriginal perspectives, numeracy and literacy embedded across these disciplines.  

Our career development and education program ensure that our students are well informed about their post-school options.  All students create an individual pathway plan and will know how to navigate the ever-evolving post-school training and workplace.  Students are also able to attend tours of GSIT and universities; both in Albany and Perth

Through the discipline of History and Geography, students develop increasing independence in critical thinking and skill application, which includes the inquiry-based approach to learning using questioning, researching, analysing, evaluating, communicating and reflecting.  They apply these skills in a variety of research tasks that investigate event developments, issues and phenomena, both historically and contemporary. A continuing focus is the explicit teaching of course concepts, question interpretation, text construction and improving the length, depth and complexity of text types constructed by students.

In Economics, students are introduced to the concept of economic performance and living standards while continuing to further their understanding of the concepts of making choices, specialisation, allocation and the function of markets by delving into the reasons for variations in the performance of economies.


In Senior school, students can study

Economics and Business

Courses are offered both online with teacher mentor support and taught in the classroom

In year 11 & 12 students can study 

Modern History
VET pathway

The Modern History course promotes skills of research, hypothesis testing and analysis of information as students engage with investigations.  Through inquiries, they learn that historical judgements are provisional and tentative in nature. Students are encouraged to question and evaluate historical sources, to identify the various representations and versions of history.


In the ATAR Geography course, a wide range of issues such as eco-tourism, world inequalities, energy-efficient planning, natural disasters, water management, biodiversity, urban living, geopolitics and changing agricultural practices are explored at local, and global levels in order to make sense of the present and pose solutions for the future.


Economics explores the choices which all people, groups and societies face as they confront the ongoing problem of satisfying their unlimited wants with limited resources. The Economics ATAR course aims to develop students’ ability to analyse the allocation, utilisation and distribution of scarce resources that determine our wealth and wellbeing.


VET industry-specific courses are for students aiming to enter further training or the workforce straight from school. These courses include a full AQF qualification, mandatory workplace learning and may contribute to the Certificate II requirement for WACE in 2018.


At North Albany Senior High School, literacy and numeracy are a priority, therefore, a heightened acknowledgement of the HASS role in promoting these competencies within the school exists and are supported by cross-curricular literacy and numeracy strategies.



If you have any questions about Humanities and Social Sciences at NASHS, contact Belinda Powell (Head of Learning Area HASS).