Ku-ring-gai High School

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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.

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.

Human society and its environment seek to develop our young people's ability to be active global citizens, through a close study of human endeavours. A wide range of engaging experiences, in which young people take responsibility for their own learning, encouraged by professional teachers, allow our students to develop the necessary skills to investigate our world, how it was formed, and the role of the past and how to manage the challenges of the future. 21st century skills, such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication are fostered through authentic real-world tasks.

All students engage with history and geography from Year 7 to 10, and we offer them the opportunity to use higher order thinking skills, individual investigation and collaboration to explore a range of local, national and global events.

Commerce is available as an elective for Year 9 and 10. Students engage with a range of topics that allows them to understand their roles, rights and responsibilities as consumers, producers and workers and develop skills that are transferable into the world beyond the classroom.

At the Stage 6 level, students can engage with ancient history, business studies, legal studies, modern history and society and culture. Students are encouraged to be critical and creative thinkers within the framework of the appropriate syllabus and establish skills for lifelong learning.

The subjects currently offered by the HSIE faculty include:

Year 7

Stage 4 mandatory:

  • geography (Semester 1)
  • history (Semester 2)

Year 8

Stage 4 mandatory:

  • geography (Semester 2)
  • history (Semester 1)

Year 9

Stage 5 mandatory:

  • geography (Semester 1)
  • history (Semester 2)
  • Electives
  • Commerce (whole year)

Year 10

Stage 5 mandatory:

  • geography (Semester 2)
  • history (Semester 1)
  • commerce (whole year)

Year 11

Stage 6 preliminary:

  • ancient history
  • business studies
  • legal studies
  • modern history
  • society and culture

Year 12

Stage 6 HSC:

  • ancient history
  • business studies
  • history extension
  • legal studies
  • modern history
  • society and culture