Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) - Year 8 by oor16315


									    Studies of Society and Environment (SOSE) – Year 8

Subject Outline

SOSE is an acronym for Studies of Society and Environment, an amalgam of the
traditional subject areas of History, Geography and Civics, as well as a wide
range of other study areas that are loosely tied together under the banner of
Social Sciences.
While SOSE lends itself to be multidisciplinary in some respects, at Northside we
tend to allocate historical topics to Semester One and geographical / civics topics
to Semester Two.
Year 8 SOSE, a continuation of the Year 8 SOSE program, further develops and
extends skills, content and processes by exploring the following range of core
-     Time, Continuity and Change
-     Place and Space
-     Culture
-     Resources
-     Natural and Social Systems
-     Investigation, Communication and Participation
Year 8 SOSE is organised into topic units within which students develop
knowledge and skills by using inquiry-based learning activities incorporating the
-     Investigation – activities providing the opportunity to use different types
      of information to explain answers to questions;
-     Communication – activities allowing the student to use written or graphic
      material from a range of sources to present answers in a variety of
-     Participation – activities enabling students to work together to find
      solutions to problems.
SOSE is available at Northside Christian College in the Middle School. Students
may then elect to do Senior Social Science at Year 10 level, which introduces
each of the senior level subjects including Modern History, Study of Society and
Ancient History. The skills learnt in the SOSE course will be of considerable
benefit to this end.

Course Outline

Term One – Introduction to History and Ancient Egypt
Term Two – Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome
Term Three – Introduction to Geography, Australian Environments
Term Four – Rainforests, Harsh Environments

Criteria used in Assessment

Criterion 1: Knowledge and understanding – the ability to recall or bring to mind
previously learned factual information, and to show understanding by explaining
concepts, key ideas and principles.

Criterion 2: Critical processes – applies to the collecting, analysing and
organising of information, and to many of the processes and skills of problem
solving and decision making.

Criterion 3: Research – refers to the formulation of research tasks, questions and
hypotheses, to the collecting and recording of data, and to the active participation of
students in planning and organising their own research acitivities for the collection
of data.

Criterion 4: Communication – refers to the range of ways in which students can
present the results of their learning experiences in spoken, written, graphic,
audiovisual and electronic format.

Types of Assessment

A variety of assessment instruments will be used to provide information on
student progress. These will include written research assignments, multimedia
presentations, and exams that involve a combination of source/data analysis,
essay writing or short responses.

How the Student’s Semester Level of Achievement is Determined

Each criterion must be assessed in each semester and each criterion is to make
an equal contribution to the determination of levels of exit achievement. When
standards have been determined in each of the four criteria, the following table is
used to determine the semester achievement, where A represents the highest
standard and E the lowest.

VHA       A in any three exit criteria and no less than a B in the remaining
HA        B in any three exit criteria and no less than a C in the remaining
SA        C in any three exit criteria and no less than a D in the remaining
LA        D in any three exit criteria
VLA       Does not meet the requirements for Limited Achievement
Possible Career Paths

Students who have completed the course in the past have found it valuable, both
personally and for purposes of preparation for their senior courses.

This subject could be of importance to any student considering a career in
sociology, psychology, early childhood, education, archaeology, research, law or

Many professions and occupations value persons with the skills of being able to
develop and express reasoned opinion. The social sciences help to develop such
major skills in the all-round educated person.

Students should refer to individual universities/learning institutions and tertiary
institutions for course prerequisites.

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