Oatley Senior Campus

Georges River College

Telephone02 8567 3700


Human society and its environment

Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) offers a diverse selection of HSC courses. The following courses are offered in both Year 11 and Year 12:


Ancient History

Business Studies



Legal Studies

Modern History

Society and Culture


In Year 12, students studying either Ancient or Modern History and achieving excellent results have the opportunity to complete Extension History.


In addition, VET Business Services and VET Retail Services are taught within the faculty.

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.

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.