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Human society and its environment

Human Society and Its Environment is the study of how humans interact with the world, how society operates and how it is changing. Through the study of HSIE, students develop the skills to prepare them to participate as informed citizens, actively and responsibly, in the contemporary world.

For the practicalities of teaching, it has been divided into geography and history.

Geography through geographical inquiry students develop an understanding of the interactions between people, places, and environments across a range of scales, to become informed, responsible, and active citizens. This will stimulate their interest in an engagement with the world.


·    develop knowledge and understanding of the features and characteristics of places and environments.

·    develop knowledge and understanding of interactions between people, places, and environments.

·    apply geographical tools for geographical inquiry.

·    develop skills to acquire, process and communicate geographical information.

Students value and appreciate:

·    geography is a study of interactions between people, places, and environments.

·    the dynamic nature of the world

·    the varying perspectives of people on geographical issues

·    the importance of sustainability an intercultural understanding

the role of being informed, responsible and active citizens.


By studying history, we aim to stimulate students’ interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past; develop a critical understanding of the past and its impact on the present; develop the critical skills of historical inquiry and enable students to participate as active, informed, and responsible citizens.


·    develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of history and key changes and developments from the past.

·    develop knowledge and understanding about key historical concepts and develop the skills to undertake the process of historical inquiry.

Students will value and appreciate:

·    history as a study of human experience

·    the opportunity to develop a lifelong interest in and enthusiasm for history.

·    the nature of history as reflecting different perspectives and viewpoints

·    the opportunity to contribute to a democratic and socially just society through informed citizenship.

·    the contribution of past and present peoples to our shared heritage.



In considering meaningful learning within local contexts, Nuwarra teachers will make decisions about the sequence, the emphasis to be given to particular areas of content, and any adjustments required based on the needs, interests, and abilities of their students.