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Human Society and its Environment (H.S.I.E) in year 7 and 8 involves the study of Geography and History. Both subjects are compulsory for all students in year 7 and 8.




The History (Mandatory) course requires students to complete:

100 hours of History in Stage 4 (year 7 and 8)

100 hours of Australian History in Stage 5 (year 9 and 10)


History develops in young people an interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past. A study of History provides opportunities for examining events, people and societies from ancient, medieval and modern times, including twentieth century Australia. Opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of civics and citizenship are a feature throughout the Years 7–10 History syllabus.


In Years 7–8, students explore the nature of history, how historians investigate the past and the importance of conserving our heritage. Aspects of the ancient and medieval world are studied, including origins and daily life of the ancient world and beliefs and values of medieval societies. The nature of colonisation and contact history is also examined.


Topics studied in year 7 are:


 Topic 1           Investigating History

This topic introduces the nature of History and the methods used by historians to investigate the past. Students will focus on the use of primary and secondary sources to gather evidence to answer questions about the past and to understand historical and heritage issues. Students should begin to comprehend and express themselves in the particular language of History.


Topic 2            Societies and Civilisations of the Past

This topic provides opportunities for breadth and depth in the study of History in Stage 4. Students can investigate ancient, medieval and early modern societies from both European and non-European perspectives, while acquiring basic skills of historical inquiry and communication.