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The humanities and social sciences is the study of human behaviour and interaction in social, cultural, environmental, economic, and political contexts. The humanities and social sciences have a historical and contemporary focus, from personal to global contexts, and considers challenges for the future.

The humanities and social science subjects provide a broad understanding of the world in which we live, and how people can participate as active and informed citizens with high level skills needed for the twenty-first century.

In the Australian Curriculum, the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area comprises four subjects: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship.

Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences: Planning options 2014–2015

This document, published in April 2014, replaces Australian Curriculum: History and Studies of Society and Environment — advice on implementing the Australian Curriculum P–10 (May 2013).

The paper supports school decision making about implementing the Australian Curriculum: History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business during 2014 and 2015.

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