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Westfields Sports High School

Westfields Sports High School

First In Australia

Telephone02 9604 3333

Emailwestfields-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Course: Commerce       Faculty: Social Science        Course Fees: Nil

Impact on Stage 6: N/A

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION – ELECTIVE SUBJECT

Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues. It develops in students an understanding of commercial and legal processes and competencies for personal financial management. Through the study of Commerce students develop financial literacy which enables them to participate in the financial system in an informed way.

Central to the course is the development of an understanding of the relationships between consumers, businesses and governments in the overall economy. Through their investigation of these relationships, students develop the capacity to apply problem-solving strategies which incorporate the skills of analysis and evaluation. Students engage in the learning process which promotes critical thinking, reflective learning and the opportunity to participate in the community. To function competently in our democratic and pluralistic society, students need to develop the ability to research information, evaluate options, and participate in collaborative decision-making within the commercial and legal framework and acquire the necessary skills to become self-directed lifelong learners.

Commerce provides for a range of learning styles and experiences that suit the interests and needs of all students. It emphasises the potential and use of information and communication technologies. Students gain greater competence in problem-solving and decision-making by evaluating the range of consumer, financial, business, legal and employment strategies. In examining these they also develop attitudes and values that promote ethical behaviour and social responsibility and a commitment to contribute to a more just and equitable society.

 

MAIN FOCUS AREAS

Core study (each topic 20–25 indicative hours)

  1. Consumer and Financial Decisions 
  2. The Economic and Business Environment 
  3. Employment and Work Futures 
  4. Law, Society and Political Involvement

 

Options (Each topic 15–25 indicative hours)

  1. Our Economy 
  2. Investing 
  3. Promoting and Selling 
  4. Running a Business 
  5. Law in Action 
  6. Travel
  7. Towards Independence 
  8. School-developed Option

OUTCOMES

  • Student learning in Commerce will promote critical thinking and the opportunity to participate in the community.
  • Students learn to identify, research and evaluate options when making decisions on how to solve consumer problems and issues that confront consumers.
  • They will develop research and communication skills, including the use of ICT, that build on the skills they have developed in their mandatory courses.