Port Hacking 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 also have the opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and the environments in which they live, through elective subjects. Through the study of HSIE, students develop the skills to prepare them to actively and responsibly participate as informed citizens in the modern world.

We offer a range of educational experiences beyond the traditional classroom setting. Some of our highlights include:

  • An archaeological dig site in the school grounds
  • Small business market day
  • Excursions to various locations including the Sydney Jewish Museum and local law courts
  • An urban garden/ agriculture plot in the school grounds
  • Annual Medieval exhibition and WWI artefact presentation
  • Geography fieldwork on the Minamurra river.

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. 

Years 9 and 10:
  • History Elective
  • Geography Elective
  • Commerce

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.