Alstonville 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 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 environment 

At Alstonville High School, our aim in HSIE is to help students to not just exist in the world, but to thrive. HSIE subjects allow students to develop the skills and knowledge they will need to become agents of positive change in their future lives. There is a strong focus on developing values that promote the concepts of civics and citizenship and for students to become active national and global citizens.

All syllabi within the HSIE department allow for pedagogy that is purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the modern world. Through a rich, rigorous and inspiring curriculum we can critically analyse different perspectives and ideas, discuss values, and provide a deeper understanding of human concerns. This also involves investigating the relationships between the environment, our past, our future and our own identity.

Doug Gardiner - Head Teacher Human Society and Environment