In a world of constant change and challenge, the Humanities at Pembroke provide opportunities for students to explore and gain insight into human interactions at a local, national and global level. They are encouraged to be aware, critical and active citizens who understand our past traditions, have a clear sense of social justice and our democratic processes and value ecological and economic sustainability. The Humanities Department allows for the interplay of ideas and content between Business, Geography and History subjects.
Business subjects including Accounting, Commerce, Business and Enterprise, Economics and Legal Studies, develop the students' understanding of the complex systems that organise our society. Knowledge and key concepts are presented in topics that are both contemporary and of direct relevance to the student. The Business Department has access to the latest technology for research and presentations. The data base of local businesses who work with our students is continuing to grow, providing real life case studies, speakers and site visits.
In Geography classes students gain a spatial, environmental and social view of contemporary society through topics such as urbanisation, population, processes at work on the landscape, wellbeing, globalisation and environmental quality. The inquiry-based, practical, student-centred curriculum allows students to develop problem solving and report writing skills. The use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) is an integral part of geographic learning from Years 7-12. Students can also access relevant material on the School's intranet. Excursions, field work and practical activities allow students to collect and evaluate their own data. The Geography department includes the subject of Tourism for Senior School students. Within the IB Diploma program, a new subject, Environmental Systems and Societies, challenges students to work across disciplines, combining a scientific approach within Humanities-based issues.
The study of History allows students to develop a global view of civilisations from ancient to modern times. Throughout the courses, students develop an understanding of the complex nature of causation, change and continuity. Attention is given to the ways in which events and developments of past eras have affected the age in which we live. The Australian Curriculum: History is taught from Years 7-10. The History department offers courses in Australian History (a compulsory Year 10 subject), Modern History and Ancient Studies. In addition to textbook and audio-visual materials, the courses introduce students to film study; the use of fiction and autobiography as historical sources; the evaluation of internet sources and collection of primary evidence where possible. Key student materials are provided on the School's intranet. As they move from Year 7 to Year 12, students begin to make more critical use of historical source material, weigh the merits of conflicting historical interpretations and discuss historical issues and questions. The skills of research, analysis and description gained in History are of value to University studies in any field.