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Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) is a large department responsible for the teaching of a wide range of subjects. There is a strong focus on developing attitudes and values that promote the concepts of civics and citizenship and for students to become active national and global citizens.

Stage 4

Students study both Geography and History in Stage 4. In Geography, students study Global Geography exploring the diversity that exists in global communities and environments. In History, students study World History, investigating archaeology, and ancient and medieval societies. They are involved in virtual site studies and research different cultures and societies and their legacies.

Stage 5

In Stage 5, students study a range of mandatory and elective courses. There are many opportunities for students to become engaged in their learning both inside and outside of the classroom, with a variety of excursion and incursion activities presented to students in Years 9 and 10.

Mandatory subjects include Geography and History. In Geography, students analyse interconnections between people, places and environments and propose explanations for patterns and variations over time and across scales. In History, students study the Industrial Revolution and how this influenced Australia. The history of Australia, from Federation to the present, focusing on social, political and cultural events occurring throughout this time period, is also examined.

Elective History includes the study of a variety of key periods and political turning points in world history including wars of the ancient world and revolutions of the medieval and modern eras. Elective Geography involves the study a variety of global environments and global communities, investigating the various challenges of the contemporary world.

In Elective Commerce, students study a variety of commercial, business, legal and employment topics relevant to further education, careers and participation in the adult commercial world. The elective, Work Studies is a subject targeted at students who are considering entering the workforce directly, rather than perusing further education after Year 12. This subject is quite a practical subject that is aimed at preparing for life in the world of employment and commercial competition.

Senior Courses

The HSIE Department offers a wide range of Board of Studies HSIE courses. The teaching and learning of these courses/subjects are delivered in a manner that caters to a variety of students learning styles and needs.

Senior courses offered at Trinity:

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