Students of History at Moriah College gain an appreciation of the major eras, people, events and trends in the Ancient, Medieval and Modern worlds. History plays a central role in developing tolerance, social and cultural literacy and a sense of civic responsibility as citizens in a democratic society.

Students study the roles of different individuals, events and ideas, as well as people's everyday lives.

The past/present/future continuum is highlighted, as students are encouraged to understand the present by looking at human achievements and developments over time and suggesting future trends in national developments and international relations.

Students gain an understanding of the ways in which history is written and are taught methods of evaluating and understanding different types of source materials. They are encouraged to use both traditional and electronic resources including the Internet and are offered a wide variety of co-curricular activities such as History debating and essay competitions.

Excursions are conducted on a regular basis. Students watch visiting performances and plays and theme days are held such as Medieval Day for Year 8. These activities assist in developing empathy with people from previous eras, as do the popular model making and empathy writing tasks.

During Years 7-10, students study selected periods and societies from ancient, medieval and modern times. In senior school, Moriah offers both Ancient and Modern History and History Extension. Students may study both histories (timetable permitting).

Society and Culture

The History department offers Society and Culture as a 2-Unit course in Years 11 and 12. This subject aims to develop social and cultural literacy by enabling students to develop an understanding of:
  • themselves
  • their own society and culture
  • the societies and cultures of others
Society and Culture promotes an understanding of personal and social development and of continuity and change within societies and cultures. It provides students with skills to analyse critically complementary and contrasting viewpoints.

It develops an awareness of the nature of power and authority, gender, technology and facilitates intercultural understanding.

Society and Culture develops students’ knowledge of and skills in carrying out the methodologies of social and cultural research, such as survey, interview, focus group, observation and statistical analysis. This develops their social and cultural literacy by enabling them to investigate their experiences in their micro and macro worlds to synthesise their personal experience with public knowledge. It is thus an ideal preparation for independent research at tertiary level.