Somerville Secondary College

All About Choices

Featured Learning AreaHumanities – Economics, Civics & Citizenship
Additional Learning AreasEnglish, Maths
Learning Capabilities DevelopedCritical/Creative Thinking


This subject 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. This subject explores the development of economic, political and legal systems throughout the course of human history, as people from all times and places have had to face and make choices about resources and rules. This course will follow these developments and choices through Ancient civilizations, medieval times, pre-industrial Europe and America, and the three Industrial Revolutions, as well as the 20th century and future Australia.  

Just as ECONOMICS is the social science of making choices about resources, and CIVICS evolves around making choices regarding laws, LEARNING in this subject will revolve around students making choices. Each fortnight, there will be a new topic and a new set of activities to choose from. All activities are split into skill types: REPORT, COMPARE, CREATE and ANALYSE. For each topic students are expected to achieve 100 points from completing activities from at least two different skill types, with each activity worth a different number of points based on its complexity and skill type. It will be up to you to determine how each of the tasks will be presented – handwritten, Word docs, PowerPoints, Excel, Publisher, websites, Prezi, photos, videos, podcasts, etc. This subject includes an excursion to the Supreme Court. This elective will develop skills in investigation and research, critical thinking, discussion, debating and oral presentations. This elective can lead to VCE Legal Studies or Global Politics and other commerce subjects including Business Management and Economics.