The Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) Key Learning Area at Trinity Catholic College includes a wide and varied range of courses. HSIE has a strong focus on how humans interact with the world, how society functions and its constantly changing nature. We aim to develop our students’ skills so they can actively and responsibly participate as informed citizens in the modern world. Teaching and learning in HSIE courses is delivered in a manner that caters for the variety of students learning styles and needs. In HSIE we take our learning beyond the classroom with field trips and incursions to support the teaching and learning in the classroom. We want our students to develop a life long interest in learning.

Stage 4 – Year 7 and Year 8

All our students study History and Geography in Stage 4. World history aims to encourage our students to develop an understanding of the past and its impact on the present and the future. World Geography explores the diversity that is found in global communities and aims to develop in our students understanding of the interactions between people, places and the environment.

Stage 5 – Year 9 and Year 10

Our students will study Mandatory History and Geography in Stage 5 and may also select from a range of elective options in HSIE.

* Mandatory History explores history from the industrial revolution to the 20th century, making connections between international events and how they have influenced Australian social, political and cultural events over this time period

* In Mandatory Geography students analyse the interconnections between environments, places and human society, exploring the patterns and variations over time developing explanations for the relationships and changes.

* Elective History looks at a variety of key time periods and political turning points from Ancient, Medieval and the modern eras.

* Elective Geography includes studies of the global environment and global communities, looking at the effects of natural events and the development of different communities.

* Big History Project is a unique subject offered in HSIE. The story spans 13.8 billion years and takes ideas from many disciplines to form a single story to helps us better understand people, civilizations, and how we are connected to everything around us.

* Commerce covers a range of commercial areas such as consumer, financial, economic, business, legal, political and employment issues. We aim to encourage our students to make informed and responsible decisions as individuals and as part of the community. The highlight of the year is always the Commerce Market Day.

*Work Education focuses on the world of work to develop in our students their capacity to manage career planning, change and transition. Students work towards developing transferable work-related and interpersonal skills, and entrepreneurial behaviours.

Stage 6 – Year 11 and Year 12

The HSIE Key Learning Area offers our students a wide range of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) courses. The HSIE courses aim to provide for the variety of interests of our students and develop their knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes related to each course.

Students may select from

* Ancient History

* Business Studies

* Economics

* Geography

* Legal Studies

* Modern History

* Society and Culture

* Work Studies

* History Extension (Year 12 only)