Year 12 – Society and Culture

Length: Full Year (20 SACE credits)
Contact: HASS Leader

Recommended Background

Grade C or higher in any Stage 1 English subject.
Successful completion of Stage 1 Society and Culture will be an advantage.

Course Description

Stage 2 Society and Culture enables students to become more informed about the social, political, economic and cultural factors that affect Australia and the world. The course is designed to develop students’ skills in analysis, evaluating arguments, use of evidence, building empathy and perspective-taking. The key focus throughout the course is understanding social change, power structures, and the interconnections among societies.

The course supports students to consider their role as a group member at a classroom level, national, regional and global level.

Society and Culture provides strong pathway links for students pursing social work, health, education, law, politics, social services, business, architecture and much more

Stage 2 Society and Culture explores the topics of:

• Youth Culture
• Cultural Diversity and Integration
• Indigenous Inequalities
• Rural and Remote Communities
• Human Rights
• Social Action.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s Performance Standards, as outlined by the SACE Board. Grades A+ to E- will be used for reporting purposes.

School-based Assessment:

  • Folio (50%): Four written tasks (5000 words max total) that explore the origins, natures and impacts of the issues in local and global contexts
  • Interaction (20%): Oral Presentation (Human Rights) and Group Activity (Social Action).

External Assessment

  • Investigation (30%): Independent investigation examining a contemporary Australian social or cultural issue, through the lens of positive social change. (2000 words maximum).