Humanities at Darul Ulum College

Through our inquiry studies at Darul Ulum College, we expose students to learning about the world by adopting a global perspective through the use of technology, critical and analytical questioning. We focus on helping them to understand the present in terms of our history and to consider our geographical and economic place in the world. Students explore the four areas of Humanities: History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Business, and Economics.

It begins at the Foundation level where students develop their understanding of their personal worlds. They explore who they are, where they live and who came before them. They explore places and events that are special to them. From this, students are given opportunities to explore how changes occur over time in relation to themselves, their own families, and the places they and others belong to. They examine their daily family-life and how it is the same as and different to previous generations. In the early years the focus is on student’s own history and their own place.

In the middle primary, students broaden their horizon about the impact of changing technology on people’s lives. They explore travelling, communication and ways children played in the past and make comparisons with those from the present. They learn to explore the diversity of people and places in their local community and beyond, and how they participate in their communities. They appreciate the diversity within their community, including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. We strive to enable our students to communicate and participate within society as active and informed people. They engage in learning about the Australian society, the local and global environment and how people share the environment.

A deeper understanding of prior knowledge over the years is extended at the upper primary level. Students gain opportunities to expand their world knowledge and learn about the significance of environments, examining how people’s need, and want of resources over time has affected peoples, societies, and environments. It also focuses on Australia’s colonisation, migration, and democracy in the 1800s. Students study the relationship between resources, environments, and people in colonial Australia and the present. Students explore the experiences of the diverse groups who have contributed to and were/are affected by these events and developments, past and present. Students investigate the importance of rights and responsibilities and informed decision-making, at the personal level of consumption and civic participation, and at the national level through studies of economic, ecological and government processes and systems.

Our Humanities lessons are personalised to address the needs and interests of all students within the classroom through a range of resources to enrich the skills and understanding in students. It is integrated into all areas of the curriculum such as English, Art, Technology and the like. Students are encouraged to participate in yearly events related to Humanities, such as History Week activities, Clean Up Australia Day, Harmony Day, incursions and excursions.