Society and Culture


The social inquiry approach to learning forms the core of the study of Society and Culture.

Course Details

  • ATAR: Yes
  • NTCET credit points:
  • Cost: No

About the subject

In the study of Society and Culture at Stage 2, students study three contemporary topics at a local, national and global level. They seek to discover how our modern society is changing and why, whilst also learning how societies are connected and interdependent.


Students provide evidence of their learning through seven assessments, including the external assessment component. Students undertake:

School-based Assessment Weighting
Folio 50%
Interaction 20%
External Assessment
Investigation 30%

Assessment Type 1: Folio assessments (50%): This consists of four assessment tasks, across a broad range of assessments such as reports, multimodal presentations and sources analysis.

Assessment Type 2: Interaction activities (20%): This consists of two assessment tasks; a group interaction where students perform a social action and evaluate the effectiveness of the action, and an oral interaction where students persuade an audience of their chosen topic.

External Assessment

Students complete a 2000 word investigation on a social issue of their choice. The issue must be contemporary (either occurring now or the effects are on-going) and controversial. Students must find a range of primary and secondary sources with differing perspectives to help understand and evaluate the issue.

The Compass App

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