In human society and its environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10, where students study specific historical and geographical concepts and skills.
In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.
Students 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:
Ancient History Life Skills
Modern History Life Skills
Society and Culture
Studies of Religion.
Many students who attend Fowler Road have pressing needs in the basic literacy and numeracy areas. While this remains the major focus of our work, HSIE (PDF 17KB) frequently provides a framework within which these needs can be met. As well, HSIE is an important area of learning in its own right.