Contemporary society is characterised by rapid social and technological change, cultural diversity, conflicting values and competitive pressures. Developing understanding about society and living in society requires a comprehensive knowledge of its complex nature. This course focuses on skills in resource management that enable people to function effectively in their everyday lives, in families and communities.
Community and Family Studies develops students' knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to effective decision-making leading to confidence and competence in solving practical problems in the management of everyday living. Community and Family Studies provides opportunities for students to explore and form positive attitudes about themselves and others; to develop an understanding of their relationships within their families and other groups; to learn to work cooperatively and to appreciate the importance of effective communication.
This syllabus focuses the Preliminary course on the individual and their interactions with personal groups, family and community. The HSC course builds upon this
by examining how the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities is affected by broader societal influences including sociocultural, economic and political factors.
Community and Family Studies can have a direct and positive influence on the quality of students' lives both now and in the future. Community and Family Studies investigates the unique contributions of individuals, groups, families and communities in the development of effective social structures. It encourages opportunities for students to become proactive members of society as they examine both their potential to adopt a range of roles and the responsibilities they have in contributing to society.
The dynamic nature of this area of study places particular importance on the skills of inquiry and investigation. Research is an integral component of this subject. Students are required to develop and utilise research skills in planning, collecting, recording, interpreting, analysing and presenting as they employ various research methodologies to complete an Independent Research Project (IRP). This project is internally assessed and as such is not a major work. Students on the left are presenting their research to Quality Morning Tea and are extremely proud of their achievements.
Community and Family Studies explores life issues that are important to all young people and is of equal relevance to female and male students. The topics investigated and the emphasis on research ensures a course that is attractive to many students, with the capacity to challenge and extend all students' ability levels.