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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.

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Work Studies

About Us 

The HSIE faculty at Maitland High School offers students the opportunity to study a wide range of subjects to cater to many interests and abilities. Following is a list of courses offered within the HSIE Faculty, including the Stage 6 courses of Ancient History, Business Studies, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Society and Culture, Retail Services VET and Skills for Work and Training. Stage 4 and 5 courses include Geography (mandatory), History (mandatory) Crimes and Catastrophes (elective), Commerce (elective), Elective History (elective).

The HSIE team comprises a dynamic and enthusiastic group of teachers who are always seeking ways to enrich the learning experiences of our students. Whilst the teachers have as their focus academic excellence, we also provide opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities that build interest in their subjects. These include excursions and site studies as well as encouraging students to participate in external competitions.



Subjects Offered

All students in Years 7-10 study History for one semester and Geography for one semester each year. More details can be found under the headings below.

Years 7 and 8 History students study the Ancient World with studies of Ancient Egypt, China, Japan and Medieval Europe.

Years 7 and 8 Geography students cover topics such as Water in the World, Landscapes & Landforms, Interconnections and Place and Liveability.

Year 8 electives – Horrible Histories & Money Matters


For more information on these, and other electives on offer,
you can download our Year 8 Electives Booklet.


Years 9 & 10 

Years 9 and 10 History students study topics such as the Movement of PeoplesAustralians at War and Rights and Freedoms.

Years 9 and 10 Geography students study Biomes, Changing Places, Environmental Change and Management, and Wellbeing. 

There are also a number of elective subjects for Years 9 and 10: CommerceCrimes and Catastrophes & Elective History

For more information on these, and other electives on offer, you can:
download our Year 9 Electives Booklet
download our Year 10 Z Electives Booklet