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Social and Community Studies

Subject Area Syllabus 2014


Social and Community Studies Senior Subject Area Syllabus 2014
© The State of Queensland (Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority) 2015

Queensland Curriculum & Assessment Authority

PO Box 307 Spring Hill QLD 4004 Australia
Level 7, 154 Melbourne Street, South Brisbane

Phone: +61 7 3864 0299

Fax: +61 7 3221 2553


Contents 3

Introduction 4

1Rationale 7

2Dimensions and objectives 8

2.1Dimension 1: Knowing and understanding 9

3.1Dimension 2: Applying and examining 11

4.1Dimension 3: Producing and evaluating 13

6Course organisation 15

6.1Underpinning factors 16

6.1.1Applied learning 17

6.1.2Community connections 18

6.1.3Core Skills for Work (CSfW) 19

6.1.4Literacy in Social and Community Studies 20

6.1.5Numeracy in Social and Community Studies 21

6.2Planning a course of study 22

6.3Core 23

6.3.1Core topic 1: Personal skills 24

6.3.2Core topic 2: Interpersonal skills 26

6.3.3Core topic 3: Citizenship skills 28

6.4Electives 30

6.4.1Elective 1: The Arts and the community 31

6.4.2Elective 2: Australia’s place in the world 32

6.4.3Elective 3: Gender and identity 33

6.4.4Elective 4: Health — food and nutrition 34

6.4.5Elective 5: Health — recreation and leisure 35

6.4.6Elective 6: Into relationships 36

6.4.7Elective 7: Legally, it could be you 37

6.4.8Elective 8: Money management 38

6.4.9Elective 9: Science and technology 39

6.4.10Elective 10: Today’s society 40

6.4.11Elective 11: The world of work 41

6.5Teaching and learning 42

6.5.1Using inquiry in Social and Community Studies 43

6.5.2Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives 47

6.5.3Embedding educational equity in the course of study 48

7Assessment 49

7.1Planning an assessment program 50

7.2Special provisions 51

7.3Authentication of student work 52

7.4Assessment techniques 53

10.1.1Project 57

10.1.2Investigation 60

10.1.3Extended response to stimulus 62

10.1.4Examination 64

10.2Folio requirements 65

10.2.1Folios for external moderation 66

10.2.2Exit folios 67

10.3Exit standards 68

10.4Determining exit levels of achievement 69

10.4.1Determining a standard 70

10.4.2Awarding exit levels of achievement 71

10.4.3Standards matrix 72

Glossary 74


Social and Community Studies is an Authority-registered subject.

Successfully completed Authority-registered subjects contribute four credits towards the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Results in these subjects are not used in the calculation of Overall Positions (OPs) and Field Positions (FPs).

Study plans

A study plan is the school’s plan of how the course of study will be delivered and assessed. Study plan requirements are available on the Social and Community Studies Study plan tab:

Study plans are submitted online at:

Composite classes

This subject area syllabus enables teachers to develop a course of study that caters for a variety of ways to organise learning, such as combined classes for Years 11 and 12, shared campuses, or modes of delivery involving periods of student-managed study.


People interact in a variety of social, cultural, economic and environmental contexts. It is therefore important for 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 subject area syllabus (SAS) 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 selfreliance, 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.

Three interrelated and interdependent areas of life skills are identified — personal, interpersonal, and citizenship skills. These life skills are core to the subject and provide a framework for a course of study in Social and Community Studies. Life skills encompass social skills, communication skills (e.g. verbal and non-verbal communication, effective speaking, active listening), respect for and interaction with others, building rapport, problem solving and decision making, self-management, building self-esteem, self-confidence and resilience, workplace skills, learning and study skills.

Students investigate these life skills through a variety of electives dealing with topics such as personal economics and consumerism, legal issues, the world of work, workplace relations, 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. In partnership with families, the school community and the community beyond the school, including virtual communities, schools may offer a range of contexts and experiences that provide students with opportunities to practise, develop and value social, community and workplace participation skills.

A course of study in Social and Community Studies can establish a basis for further education and employment, as it helps students develop the personal, interpersonal and citizenship skills and attributes necessary in all workplaces. It allows them to manage change, to be resilient and adaptive, and to develop strategies so that they can cope with the demands, not only of everyday life, but also of continuing studies, employment and future careers.

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