Human Society & Its Environment (HSIE)

All students will study this mandatory subject across Year 9 and 10, developing the skills and understanding of the content and skills as presented in the NSW syllabus for the national curriculum. 


The Stage 5 Geography course focuses on the interactions between people, places and their environments. In addition to spatial understanding, the Geography course develops important analytical and research skills that are important for higher education and provide a foundation for continued study in subjects as varied as Geography, Economics and Biology in the HSC or the IB Diploma Programme. 

The study of Geography helps students to:

  • Understand the world and how it is changing due to complex issues such as climate change, migration and resource depletion
  • Communicate more effectively using written, oral and graphic forms
  • Understand different cultural and ecological management perspectives
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Collect, organise and analyse data
  • Problem solve
  • Become an active citizen

It is aimed at providing a foundation of developments that have shaped the modern world and Australia’s position within it as well as developing the skills for life-long learning and the continued study of History in Year 11 and Year 12.

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