The Humanities at Red Cliffs Secondary College combines the studies of History, Geography, Economics and Civics. The Humanities explore what it means to be human, how humans have lived their lives in the past, and how people have given meaning to existence. Students develop skills and knowledge which will help them cope with the demands of a constantly changing world, as well as personal and social skills.

Breakdown of Subjects
Humanities is a compulsory subject at Years 7-10
The Humanities at Years 7-10 explores
The ancient world, The ancient to modern world, The making of the modern world and The modern world and Australia

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding
Geospatial skills
Economic knowledge and understanding
Economic reasoning and interpretation


History: Revolutions
History is the practice of understanding and making meaning of the past. It is also the study of the problems of establishing and representing that meaning. It is a synthesising discipline which draws upon most elements of knowledge and human experience. Students learn about their historical past, their shared history and the people, ideas and events that have created present societies and cultures.

This study investigates a diversity of themes, environments and places at different scales (local, regional, national, international and global) and in different contexts, particularly in Australia. It explores the patterns and processes of physical geography and their interaction with aspects of human geography. The study of Geography addresses the following questions: What is there? Where is it? Why is it there? What are the effects of it being there? How is it changing over time? Should it be like this? What will it be like in the future?

Business Management:
In studying VCE Business Management, students develop knowledge and skills that enhance their confidence and ability to participate effectively, as socially responsible and ethical members of the business community, and as informed citizens, consumers and investors.

Legal Studies:
VCE Legal Studies investigates the ways in which the law and the legal system relate to and serve individuals and the community. Students develop an understanding of the complexity of the law and the legal system and the challenges faced by our law-makers and dispute resolution bodies. They investigate the workings of the Australian legal system and undertake comparisons with international structures and procedures.

Accounting is the process of recording, reporting, analysing and interpreting financial data and accounting information which is then communicated to internal and external users of this information. It plays an integral role in the successful operation and management of businesses.

Industry and Enterprise:
VCE Industry and Enterprise investigates work and its place in work settings, industries and society. Integral to this study are work-related skills, which cover a range of skills that are seen as being important for entry-level employees to develop and for life generally.

Sociology draws on scientific method in the exploration of social relationships and the outcomes of social activities. Sociology focuses on the study of human behaviour and social interaction to understand how societies are organised, develop and change.


Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour in humans. Psychology provides students with a sophisticated framework for understanding the complex interactions between biological, behavioural, cognitive and socio-cultural factors that influence thought, emotions and behaviour.