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Human Society and Its Environment

... success is not final; failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that matters ...

WINSTON CHURCHILL

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.

Goals

  • supporting student learning and growth through the use of targeted and proven methodologies
  • delivering broad and engaging learning experiences across a range of Humanities courses
  • developing in our students an understanding of the past, their world and the importance of civics and citizenshipleading the development of flexible and blended learning strategies in a future focused environment

Activities

  • Australian Geography Competition
  • National History Challenge
  • Sydney Jewish Museum enrichment excursion
  • Geography Fieldwork at Stockton Bight Dunes
  • North Head Quarantine Station Site Study
  • Legal Studies Enrichment Excursion to Downing Centre and NSW Supreme Court

Team

  • Beau Berman HEAD TEACHER
  • Margaret Bagnall
  • Elliot Barrie
  • Laura Bradford Y8 ADVISER
  • Tara Evans
  • Tanika Goodyear
  • Mylyndah Jayne
  • Zoe Locke
  • Tim Merrick
  • Sophia Nella

Courses

STAGE 4: Y7 & Y8

  • Y7 students follow NESA endorsed Stage 4 History AND Geography programs in a semesterised format. Two classes are streamed while the remainder are mixed ability. Topics explored included Ancient Egypt, Ancient China, Landscapes and Landforms and Place and Liveability.
  • Y8 continues with Stage 4 History and Geography. The History and Geography programs are delivered in a semesterised format. Topics explored include Contact and Colonisation, Voyages of Discovery, Water in the World and Interconnections.
  • History Elective, Geography Elective, Commerce, Aboriginal Studies and International Studies are offered as a 100 hour elective option.
  • Courses are banded in streams.

STAGE 5: Y9 & Y10

  • Y9 follows NESA endorsed Stage 5 History AND Geography programs in a semesterised format. Two classes are streamed while the remainder are mixed ability. Topics taught include The Movement of People, The World Wars, Biomes and Food Security and Changing Places.
  • Y10 continues with Stage 5 History and Geography. One class is streamed while the remainder are mixed ability. The History and Geography programs are delivered in a semesterised format. In Year 10 students will study the Holocaust, Changing Rights, Environmental Change and Management and Human Wellbeing.
  • History Elective, Geography Elective, Commerce and Aboriginal Studies and International Studies are offered as a 200-hour elective option.
  • Courses are banded in streams.

STAGE 6: Y11 & Y12

  • Y11 and Y12 courses offered by the Humanities faculty include Ancient History, Modern History, History Extension, Society and Culture, Aboriginal Studies, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Geography and Studies of Religion