Canterbury Boys High School logo

Canterbury Boys High School

Canterbury Boys High School

We demonstrate excellence in Boys' Education

Telephone02 9798 8444

Human society and its environment

In Human Society and its Environment (HSIE), both subjects of History and Geography are mandatory from Year 7 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 9 and 10.

What subjects/courses do we offer?

The HSIE faculty offers a wide range of subjects and courses that vary when it comes to the Year of a student. Which includes subjects and courses for different Year groups such as:

  • Stage 4 (Year 7 and 8) – History and Geography.
  • Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) – History, Geography, Commerce (elective), Work and Life Skills (elective), Future Entrepreneurs (elective), Elective Geography and Elective History.
  • Stage 6 – Ancient History, Modern History, Geography, Business Studies, Economics, Legal Studies and Work Studies.

What will students learn to do?

During the study of HSIE, students learn to gather, process and communicate information from a variety of primary and secondary sources. Learning is supported by a specifically designed excursion program involving field work and site visits and a variety of extension activities. Our boys develop significant skills in the use of information and communication technologies.

In Geography students learn to use a wide range of geographical tools including maps, graphs, statistics, photographs and fieldwork. Students gather, analyse and communicate geographical information in a range of formats.

In History our boys investigate the actions, motives and lifestyles of people over time. They examine different perspectives and interpretations which develop an understanding of a wide variety of viewpoints. Students engage in research and learn to critically analyse and interpret sources of evidence. They construct logical historical arguments supported by relevant evidence to communicate effectively about the past to different audiences. 

For all HSIE enquiries, please contact the Head Teacher of HSIE, Ms Robson on 02 9798 8444.