Humanities and Social Sciences


Key skills

The humanities and social science subjects include a range of skills that can be represented broadly as questioning, researching, analysing, evaluating and communicating. Students apply these skills to investigate events, developments, issues, and phenomena, both historical and contemporary.

Each subject has a different way of working. Skills and strategies for each humanities and social science subject need to be taught explicitly. The type of questions asked, the information, evidence, and/or data gathered, and the analysis applied will vary by subject.


Students develop questions about events, developments, issues and/or phenomena.


Students collect and organise information, evidence and/or data from primary and secondary sources.


Students interpret and analyse information, evidence and data to identify key points, points of view, perceptions and interpretations. They identify the purpose and intent of sources and determine their accuracy and reliability.


Students draw evidence-based conclusions; propose explanations for events, developments, issues and/or phenomena; and suggest courses of action in response to an issue or problem.


Students present findings in appropriate forms for different audiences and purposes using subject-specific terminology.

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Key skills Communicating Evaluating Analysing Researching Questioning

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