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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.

Swansea High School HSIE faculty provides all students with opportunities to better understand, examine, analyse and evaluate communities, cultures and contemporary issues that exist within the local, national and global environment.

HSIE is about understanding the world around us. We ask questions of how the past impacts us today, how we interact with our environment and how we as individuals can make a difference in the world in which we live. HSIE teachers at Swansea High School extensively use Quality Teaching Framework activities including ICT research and practical lessons to assist students in creating connections with their prior knowledge and to manipulate information to create new meanings and understanding. Students can engage in geographical fieldwork and historical enquiry including archaeological digs and site studies.

Swansea High School HSIE enthusiastically offers a large selection of subjects to Stage 6 students, including Ancient History, Modern History, Society and Culture, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Economics, Extension History and Geography.