Society and Culture


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

About the subject

Society and Culture –looks at what is helping to shape our modern world. We delve into controversial issues within the social, political, technological and environmental spheres that are happening now, both within Darwin and across the globe. For example: the rights of asylum seekers, marriage equality, fracking, Aboriginal recognition, renewable energy, how technology is changing our social interactions and much more. The subject involves research, discussion and debate as well as creating your own social action on something you are passionate about. If you’re interested in what is happening within our world now, this is the subject for you!

Performance Standards

The Society and Culture Subject Outline includes performance standards, which describe five levels of achievement that are reported with the grades A to E at the student’s completion of the subject.

The school-based assessments and the external assessment will be graded with reference to the performance standards.


Students demonstrate evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

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

Information on the External Assessment

The students write an independent, focused investigation of a negotiated contemporary social or cultural issue in a local and/or global context and present their findings in a written report.

The Investigation should be a maximum 2000 words. Students must acknowledge sources appropriately.

The negotiated contemporary social or cultural issue may be derived from a topic in the subject outline or may be linked to a student’s personal interest. 

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