The Social Sciences are a collection of academic disciplines that study human behavior. It is a study of society and the way in which people behave and interact with one another. It provides an understanding beyond our immediate experiences to those in different contexts and cultures.
Studying subjects in the Faculty of Social Science at The Scots College provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions. It builds on students’ prior learning and experience to enable them to explain patterns, evaluate consequences and contribute to the management of physical, social, cultural and built environments. It will enable them to contribute positively to their own lifestyle and to the social, economic and environmental future of Australia.
At Scots, the subject disciplines of the Faculty of Social Science include Agricultural Technology, Business Studies, Commerce, Economics, Geography and Legal Studies. In 2016 the Economics and Business Studies Faculty will relocate to a purpose built centre.
Geography and Agriculture are taking advantage of Bannockburn, located in the Shoalhaven, and will develop activities around the idea of active learning. Overnight field trips and research based activities will provide rich experiential learning opportunities.
Entrepreneurship is a key driver of the global economy, with SMEs making up 68 percent of employment opportunities in Australia. An entrepreneurial mindset will give students the opportunity to become the driving force for change in our economy and the world.
Social Science Subjects
The study of Agricultural Technology develops knowledge and understanding about a range of agricultural practices, such as the management of plant and animal enterprises, the technology associated with these enterprises and the marketing of products. Agricultural Technology teaches students to solve problems, plan, organise and conduct scientific investigations, research, collect and organise information, work as a member of a team and communicate information to a variety of audiences.
As a course, Business Studies is distinctive in that it encompasses the theoretical and practical aspects of business in contexts which students will encounter throughout their lives. Conceptually, it offers learning from the planning of a small business to the management of operations, marketing, finance and human resources in large businesses. Through the analysis of contemporary business strategies the course also provides rigour and depth and lays an excellent foundation for students either in tertiary study or in future employment.
Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues. It develops in students an understanding of commercial and legal processes and competencies for personal financial management. Through the study of Commerce students develop financial literacy which enables them to participate in the financial system in an informed way. Students gain greater competence in problem-solving and decision-making by evaluating the range of consumer, financial, business, legal and employment strategies.
The study of Economics can help individuals, groups and societies make choices that assist them to improve their quality of life. The discipline of Economics has a theoretical basis and economists often debate the relative merits of different theories when assessing economic issues and proposing solutions to economic problems, including economic modelling.
Discussion of economic issues dominates the media and politics. By understanding economics, students can make informed judgements about issues and policies and participate responsibly in decision-making.
The study of Geography develops a wide range of skills such as gathering, organising and evaluating geographical information from a variety of sources, including fieldwork. Through the spatial dimension, geography enables students to identify and analyse the physical, social, economic, political, legal and technological factors that influence where things are and why they are there. The ecological dimension requires students to identify and analyse the ways humans interact with environments and in so doing develops students’ skills in evaluating arguments and problem-solving. Culture is a key determinant of people’s lives and worldview and through the study of Geography students develop knowledge and understanding of different cultures and develop perspectives that enhance their understanding of the world.
Society is regulated by a complex set of rules and regulations which both guide and protect individual and community rights. Being well informed about legal issues, including the rights and responsibilities integral to our society, is part of being an active and informed citizen. Students of Legal Studies will develop an understanding of legal concepts and the way the law functions in our society. It focuses on the way in which law is generated, how it is structured and how it operates in Australian and international contexts. Learning about our legal system will allow students to investigate the way our society operates and the influences that shape it.