Understanding our world and how it is changing

HSIE is the study of how humans interact with the world, how society operates and how it is changing. Through the study of HSIE, students develop the skills to prepare them to actively and responsibly participate as informed citizens in the contemporary world.

We aim to foster an appreciation of God’s glorious creation and encourage students to develop a greater understanding of the need for the preservation and protection of the many gifts from God.

In their HSIE studies students are provided with vocational opportunities through fieldwork opportunities helping to develop a students practical application of the learned subject matter thus allowing students to experience the varied nature of careers which in turn assists them in their future studies and preparing for life outside school.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a wide range of subjects in the HSIE Department. In Years 7-10 students study Geography and History. In Years 9-10 students have the opportunity to choose elective subjects of Commerce, HSIE Global Studies, and History Elective. In Years 11-12 for their HSC studies students can choose from a large range of subjects including:

  • Ancient History
  • Modern History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion
  • VET Business Services Certificate II.

Each year, many HSC students elect to do multiple HSIE subjects due to their inherent cross-curricular links.

As well as drawing on cross-curricular links within HSIE the College has a program fostering cross-curricular links with Science and Mathematics. In Year 9 students undertake a cross-curricular project that is aimed at increasing the students understanding of the interrelated nature of the subjects they study. By doing this students improve their ability to think deeply and critically on the interrelationships they investigate.

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