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Human society and its environment

Here at Bonnyrigg High School, HSIE covers History and Geography subjects. Our vision is for each student to grow, explore and discover human history and the earth's nature and topography. The study of how humans interact with different societies, both built and natural. HSIE encompasses the study of histories, geography, societies and culture and other human oriented sciences.

Bonnyrigg Courses

For more information about each topic, click on the Year 7-10 Geography and History NESA and Year 11-12 NESA links.

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The Department of Education states:

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.