Commerce, Library and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Female student studying in library

The CLASS Faculty encompasses a wide variety of courses, which include the study of:  Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Economics, Geography, Legal Studies, Psychology, Sociology and Social and Community Work; as well, the Faculty also includes the area for research and information services, ( the College Library) .  With this diverse range of courses on offer, the Faculty is dedicated in their pursuit of excellence by providing opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and develop strong ethics, humanity and compassion in all fields of study.  All subjects provide opportunities for students to embrace a mix of academic and practical learning environments. Excursions and leading speakers from business, health organisations, and universities are an integral part of the course for all subjects in the faculty. Within the classroom through the use of a wide range of ICT resources, students are encouraged and extended to aim high and to reach their potential.  Through experiences outside the classroom, students put theory into practice, thus broadening their skills and developing themselves as an academic, all-rounded person. In pursing excellence, students have the opportunity to undertake study at the University of Canberra in their Accelerate Program to study Accounting or Economics at an extension level as part of their Year 11 and 12 course of study.  The Faculty has further links to the ANU, UC and CIT through our involvement in various competitions and workshops, including the UC Capital Regional Mock Trial Competition or undertaking vocational study of two units of competency at CIT.

Students are encouraged to embrace opportunities by undertaking and involving themselves in the many extra-curricular activities on offer by the Faculty.  Through their involvement in the UBS Young Women's Leadership Academy, the UBS Finance Academy (both 5-day residential workshops in Sydney, fully funded by the UBS), the Rotary Model United Nations [MUNA], the ACT Constitutional Convention and the ACT Parliamentary Debating Competition, students have the opportunity to interact with leaders, learn new skills and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.  Within classes, entering the CPA Plan Your Own Enterprise competition or the ANU Apprentice Challenge or in organising the Canberra College Talent Quest in support of the ACT Brain Injury Foundation, the students have the opportunity to immerse themselves into the practicalities of real life experiences. Psychology and Sociology form the behavioural sciences group and have established a Psychology Skills Camp and observational excursions to Taronga Zoo, the Sydney Holocaust Museum, the Street Retreat Dual Diagnosis investigation of various treatment facilities in Sydney and to local health and correction facilities.  Students develop empathy, compassion and global awareness through these interactive excursions and practical assessments. Practical learning experiences include undertaking research experiments into various Psychological issues involving areas such as learning and memory.

Diversity and inclusivity are key principles for the faculty, with students being encouraged to contribute to local and global charities and fundraisers and Canberra youth projects such as Affirm.  We celebrate and value diversity by acknowledging differences and modelling this attitude to our students through all activities undertaken both in the classroom and the wider community.  Our faculty caters to the vast range of student needs by offering the option to study courses at either the tertiary, accredited or vocational levels, as well as the IB Diploma in Psychology and Economics. Through the many excursions the Faculty undertakes both locally and interstate, students have the opportunity to experience the many facets of diversity that they will experience over their education.

We strongly believe in creative education and we provide opportunities to our students to engage in creative learning. Our assessment tasks are designed to provide the students with interesting and fun learning experiences. Business Administration and Social and Community Work students complete work placements and structured workplace learning at various industry related venues. Business students organise the Annual Canberra College Talent Quest in which they also raise money for the Brain Injury Foundation. Students in all the courses have many opportunities to participate in many outside of school activities such as the ANU Business Apprentice Challenge, the UC Capital Region Mock Trial Competition as examples. Our faculty inspires student's creativity and inquiry with numerous opportunities, as outlined above, to be an individual as well as being an integral part of the wider college community.

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For further information regarding the CLASS faculty at Canberra College

Please Contact the Executive Teacher on 61423288