Figtree High School

Crescere Fidere Statuere

Telephone02 4271 2787

Human society and its environment

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 in Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 to 5).

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
  • Studies of Religion.


Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) involves the study of people, cultures, societies and environments. Studies in this area encompass people and environments (human and natural) over time. Human Society and its Environment encompasses the Australian Curriculum subjects of History, Geography and Commerce. Our diverse range of Stage 6 courses build on an awareness of the environment, social consequences and historical perspectives. We promote a positive learning environment.


Staff information

  • Deborah Steel - Head Teacher

  • Tanya Bennett

  • Katherine Dzida

  • Sandra Fernandes

  • Adrian Herbert

  • Robert Joseph

  • Joanna Karykides

  • Amy Keating

  • Susan Khan

  • Emily Richards

  • Linda Shepherd

Subjects Offered

Stage 4 (Years 7 & 8)       Stage 5 (Years 9 & 10) Stage 6 (Years 11 & 12)       






  • Commerce

  • Elective History

  • Elective Geography

Ancient History 

Business Studies


Extension History


Legal Studies

Modern History

Society and Culture

Studies of Religion


Extra Curricular Activities

  • Australian Business Week Global Enterprise Challenge

  • Stock Market Game ASX

  • Economics and Business Studies Competition

  • Geography Field Trips

  • Historical Site studies

  • Law Court visits

  • Small business simulation