Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) involves learning about the contemporary, historical and future of people and our world. The HSIE Department is distinctive at Trinity as a wide range of subjects are managed in one faculty. This allows for a coordinated approach that enables these subjects to be taught in a co-operative and collaborative manner.

Stage 4

There is a strong focus on developing attitudes and values to promote the concepts of civics and citizenship and for students to become active national and global citizens.

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 and investigate archaeology, and ancient and medieval societies. They are involved in virtual site studies and research different cultures and societies and their legacies.

Stage 5

There are many opportunities for students to become engaged in their learning both inside and outside of the classroom. A wide variety of excursion and incursion activities are presented to students in year 9-10.

In Stage 5, students study a range of mandatory and elective courses. Mandatory subjects include Geography and History. In Geography, students study Australian Geography by exploring the physical and human uniqueness of Australia and its challenges on a regional and global scale. In History, students study Australian History from Federation to the present, focusing on social, political and cultural events occurring throughout this time period.

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.

Work Education

Students who are considering leaving school for the workforce, rather than persuing tertiary education after Year 12 can complete 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 is delivered in a manner that caters to a variety of student learning styles and needs.

Board of Studies Courses:

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