Our Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) program orientates students to life in Australia and prepares them for the English language demands of HSIE subjects in high school. Students learn important skills and concepts related to the study of history and geography. Students learn to listen to, present, read and write informative and persuasive texts. They also develop collaborative and critical thinking skills as they study ideas and issues relating to Australian society and the environment. In addition, stage 6 students are offered electives which prepare for the English language demands of stage 6 HSIE preliminary subjects including Business Studies, Society and Culture and Legal Studies.
HSIE topics include:
Place and people in Australia; Australia’s first nations people; colonisation and first contact; landforms and biomes
Australia’s multicultural society and reconciliation; geographical issues including climate change and sustainability