Society and Environment

At Navigator College, Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) is viewed as the study of people in relation to their past, their present and their future, their environment and their society.  It is essentially about people; how they think, feel and act; how they interact with others; their beliefs, aspirations and pleasure; the problems they have to face; how and where they live (or lived); how they interact with their environment; the work they do; and how they organise themselves.  It includes the study of history, geography, economics, business and civics and citizenship.
Navigator College Middle School incorporates the Australian Curriculum History into our SOSE units, acknowledging that History is a disciplined process of inquiry into the past that develops the students’ curiosity and imagination. We believe that an awareness of history is an essential characteristic of any society, and historical knowledge is fundamental to understanding ourselves and others.
The Australian Curriculum: History is organised into two interrelated strands: Historical Knowledge and Understanding and Historical Skills.
Historical Knowledge and Understanding  includes personal, family, local, state or territory, national, regional and world history. The strand includes a study of societies, events, movements and developments that have shaped world history from the time of the earliest human communities to the present day.
Historical Skills promotes skills used in the process of historical inquiry: chronology, terms and concepts; historical questions and research; the analysis and use of sources; perspectives and interpretations; explanation and communication. Within this strand there is an increasing emphasis on historical interpretation and the use of evidence.
As the Australian Curriculum: Geography document becomes available we will incorporate this into our College program.