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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 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
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion.

The Human Society and It's Environment (HSIE) key learning area focuses on studying human activity and the world in which we operate.

The HSIE faculty houses a range of "Humanities" subjects which begin at the junior school level, Years 7 - 10, with the essential, foundational subjects of :

  • HSIE - which is a creative mixture of Geography and History
  • Commerce and, or Personal Finance and Legal Studies

These building block courses are then expanded in the senior school, Years 11 and 12, by offering students a range of interesting elective subjects such as:

  • Business Studies which includes:
    • Retail
    • Economics
  • Geography which includes
    • Society and Culture
    • Legal Studies
  • VET Business Services

Excusrions for HSIE

One of the reasons why students enjoy HSIE subjects at BHS is that excursions are an integral part of its content matter. Excursions range from short, one period excursions within the local area to longer term adventures much further afield. 

The biggest excursion in the HSIE Faculty is the annual Year 11 HSIE Trip to Sydney. This is a week long excursion where students are exposed to a variety of historical, cultural and geographical learning experiences which link directly to the HSIE preliminary and HSC syllabus.

HSIE assessment

For information on HSIE assessments for Years 7-10 download the HSIE junior assessment guide (DOCX 22KB)