Human Society and its Environment (HSIE)

Leader of Learning HSIE – Ms Natasha Convery

Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) is the study of humans’ interaction with the world, and the way in which society operates and is changing. Students develop the skills to prepare them to actively and responsibly participate as informed citizens in the contemporary world.

Human Society and its Environment is a key learning area divided into three key domains:

Years 7-10 Mandatory Geography and History

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. It is a course that integrates knowledge from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities to build a holistic understanding of the world. Students learn to question why the world is the way it is and reflect on their relationships and their responsibilities with the environment. They propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future and apply their understanding to real-world problems.

History provides opportunities for students to explore human actions and achievements in a range of historical contexts. Students become aware that history is all around us and that historical information may be drawn from the physical remains of the past as well as written, visual and oral sources of evidence.

Students in Years 9 & 10 may elect to study Additional Courses of Study.

  • Commerce
  • Elective History
  • Elective Geography
  • Work Education
  • Aboriginal Studies

Students in Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to study:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Work Education

Students have the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities including excursions to the Awaba Waste Management Site, the vineyards, rock platforms, museums, galleries, local business and council sites, and the courthouse. Students also display their work through exhibitions such as the Year 7 History Project and learning fairs. A variety of guest speakers are also included in the co-curricular program.