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Peakhurst Campus

Georges River College

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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.

Human society and its environment faculty

The HSIE (Human society and its environment) faculty consists of dedicated and innovative teaching staff. We pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence and strive to further our students to achieve the best of their abilities. In addition to the relevant subject content, the HSIE Faculty focuses on developing student's literacy, numeracy, technology and research skills. The wide range of experiences run by the HSIE faculty supports our students to develop into successful 21st century global citizens.


The HSIE curriculum comprises of:

  • History (Years 7 to 10)
  • Geography (Years 7 to 10)
  • Commerce (Years 9 and 10)
  • Elective History (Years 9 and 10).