Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)


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HSIE by the lake

In Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10. In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn concepts and skills about history, geography, people, societies, and culture. HSIE covers all subjects related to  Humanities and Business/Commerce.

The faculty mission statement:

To produce active and informed citizens ready for the challenges of our global society and environment through engagement in a range of diverse curriculum. Students have an opportunity to learn more about people, societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects in Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 to 5).

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students can:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes. 

The HSIE faculty offers the following subjects:

Year 7 and 8

  • Mandatory Geography
  • Mandatory History

Year 9 and 10

  • Mandatory Geography
  • Mandatory History
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Commerce
  • Elective Geography
  • Elective History

Year 11 and 12

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Studies of Religion

The HSIE faculty offer extensive co-curricular programs:

  • Stage 6 Aboriginal Studies North West Tour
  • Stage 6 Modern History Sydney Jewish Museum Tour
  • Stage 6 Legal Studies Sydney Excursion
  • Stage 6 Geography Fieldwork – Sydney and Newcastle, Stockton
  • Stolen Generation Guest Speaker
  • Aboriginal Studies TAMS Excursion
  • Year 12 Legal Studies Police Liaison guest speaker
  • Year 7 Cultural Excursion to Boundary Rock
  • Year 7 Geography Liveability Excursion to Tamworth
  • Year 7 Geography Warrumbungles Excursion, Coonabarabran
  • Year 8 Geography Fieldwork – Peel River catchment
  • Year 10 Geography Fieldwork – Stockton and Redhead Beaches
  • Australian Geography Competition
  • Australian History Competition
  • WW1 Living History presentation
  • ASX Sharemarket game
  • Essi Money game (Suncorp)
  • Year 10 Commerce Market Day
  • Year 9 Commerce Travel Agent guest speaker
  • Year 5 Experience Day – Orienteering course
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures 
  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia 
  • Sustainability

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