In human society and its environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10, where students study specific historical and geographical concepts and skills.
In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.
Students also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the 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:
- 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
- Ancient History Life Skills
- Business Studies
- History Extension
- Legal Studies
- Modern History
- Modern History Life Skills
- Society and Culture
- Studies of Religion.
HSIE is a dynamic investigation of our world offering motivating lessons in Geography, History, Aboriginal Studies and LOTE (Indonesian). A wide range of curriculum based activities are offered including local fieldwork at the Evans river, iconic movie appreciation, excursions to view the Sumatran Tigers at Dreamworld and cultural exchanges with Indonesian students.
Life-long learning is encouraged by examining the complex interactions between persons, societies, cultures and environments across time. HSIE/LOTE supports students to engage with the environment in a sustainable manner as informed and active citizens.