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Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), both subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10.

Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in history and geography. They also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects.

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

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

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture.

The HSIE KLA focuses on providing a broad range of learning experiences where students develop a deep knowledge and understanding of humanity at a local, national and international level. Learning programs promote civics and citizenship, cultural tolerance and social equity.

The following courses are offered to students in this KLA:

MandatoryStage 4 and 5     GeographyThe interrelationships between the natural and human environments, mans impact and sustainable management strategies for the future. Global Change and Organisations, Issues relating to Australian physical and human environments, Australia’s Regional and Global Links
MandatoryStage 4 and 5 HistoryInvestigation of what is history, Ancient Rome, Medieval Society, Federation, WW1 and WW11,the Vietnam War, People, Place and Politics and a decade study of the ’70’s’.
Stage 5              CommercePersonal finance, running a business, consumer choice
Stage 6                Aboriginal StudiesLand, heritage and identity,colonialism racism and prejudice, social justice, and a Major Project. The local case study is Wreck Bay.
Stage 6
Ancient History
Preliminary: Investigating the past, Tutankhaman’s tomb, The Trojan War, The celts and Mythology.HSC: Pompeii and Herculaneum, New Kingdom Egypt, Hatsheput and The Persian Wars.
Stage 6
Business Studies
The Nature and Functions of a Business, Establishing a Business, Developing a Business Plan, Business Management and Change, Financial Planning and Management, Employment Relations and Global Business