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Hurstville Boys Campus

Hurstville Boys Campus

Georges River College

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Human Society and Its Environment

Human Society and its Environment

The HSIE faculty at Hurstville Boys Campus incorporates a diverse range of subjects designed to provide students with an opportunity to undertake studies of their society and environment. Our faculty incorporates the study of core subjects in History and Geography, while at the same time providing students with an opportunity to also select are range of elective subjects in Years 9 and 10 in Commerce, Elective History and Work Education. Selective stream classes also run in Geography and History throughout Years 7 – 9 which provide opportunities for the most capable students to extend their learning and pursue further studies of interest within the curriculum.  These subjects have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the students so as to provide a worthwhile learning experience in a caring and supportive environment, delivered by skilled and experienced teachers. Throughout all subjects taught in the faculty, a strong emphasis is placed on the development of skills in literacy and information and communication technologies,while fieldwork and excursions are included in all curriculum areas. 

Our aim is to:

1.      engage and challenge all students to maximise their individual talents and capabilities for lifelong learning

2.      enable all students to develop positive self-concepts.

3.      prepare all students for effective and responsible participation in their society.

4.      encourage and enable all students to enjoy learning.


 HSIE CurriculumCore Subjects: Geography and History Civics and Citizenship

Geography and History (Stages 4 and 5) are studied by all students from Years 7 to 10. Civics and citizenship are an integral part of both courses where students learn about what role they can play as active and responsible citizens in society.


Term Three Topics








Australian aboriginal contact and colonisation


Global Environments



Global Issues


Past Societies Rome



Australia between the wars


Australia changing communities



People power and politics in the past war era


Global Context


HSIE in NSW Schools

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.

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
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Modern History Life Skills
  • Society and Culture.