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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 Geography course requires students to complete:

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

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


Civics and citizenship learning is an essential feature of the Years 7 and 8 Geography syllabus.


Geography allows students to develop an understanding of and an interest in the interaction of the physical and human environments. Students will develop geographic knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in order to engage in the community as informed and active citizens.

The syllabus has two key dimensions that form the basis for the study of all content in Geography:

The spatial dimension – where things are and why they are there, and,

The ecological dimension – how humans interact with environments.


Global Geography consists of four focus areas in which students learn about the geographical processes and human interactions that shape global environments. They also learn about geographical issues and different perspectives about the issues; and develop an understanding of civics and appropriate methods of citizenship for individual and group responses to these issues.


Topics studied in year 8 are:


Global Change- The changing nature of the world and responses to these changes.


Global Issues and the Role of Citizenship- Global geographical issues and appropriate methods of citizenship for their management.