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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.

Students learn specific historical and geographical concepts and skills in history and geography. They also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects in Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 to 5).

A large number of individual subjects make up the key learning area of HSIE in which students:

  • research, gather and analyse information
  • question and make judgements
  • write for a variety of purposes. 

The aim of HSIE faculty is to develop in students the values and attitudes, skills, and knowledge and understanding that:

  • enhance their sense of personal, community, national and global identity:
  • enable then to participate effectively in maintaining and improving the quality of their society and environment.

Subjects offered at Tempe High School include:-

Senior subjects                                     Junior subjects

- Aboriginal Studies                             - Commerce

- Ancient History                                  - Geography

- Business Studies                                - History

- Economics                                          - Elective History

- HSC History Extension

- Legal Studies

- Modern History




Geography allows students to develop an understanding of and an interest in the interaction of the physical and human environments. Students will develop geographic knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in order to engage in the community as informal and active citizens.


Topics studies in Stage 4 (years 7-8) and             Stage 5 (years 9-10) include:-


- Investingating the world                                             - Investingating Australia's Physical Environment

- Global environments                                                  - Changing Australian Communities

- Global Change                                                            - Issues in Australian Environments

- Global Issue and the Role of Citizenship                       - Australia in its regional and global contexts                         


Geography can also be chosen for HSC study, topics of study include:

-  Biophysical Interations

- Global Challenges

- Senior Geography project

- Ecosystems at Risk

- Urban places

- People and Economic Activity                                                                                          





History develops in young people an interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past. A study of History provides opportunities for examining events, people and societies from ancient, medieval and modern times, including twentieth century Australia. Opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of civics and citizenship are a feature throughout the Years 7-10 History Syllabus.


Depth Study 1                                                       Depth Study 2                                       Depth Study 3



Investigating the Ancient Past                              The Mediterranean World                        The Asian World

(including ancient Australia)



Depth Study 4                                                       Depth Study 5                                       Depth Study 6



The Western and                                                     The Asia-Pacific World                          Expanding Contacts

Islamic World                                                         The Polynesian expansion                   The Black Death in Asia,

Medieval Europe                                                    across the pactific                                 Europe and Africa




Commerce provides the knowledge, skills, understanding and values that form the foundation on which young people make sound decisions on consumer, financial, business, legal and employment issues. It develops in students an understanding of commercial and legal processes and competencies for personal financial management. Through the study of Commerce students develop financial literacy which enables them to participate in the financial system in an informed way.





Part 1

1.1     Consumer Choice
1.2     Personal Finance

Part 2

2.1     Law and Society
2.2     Employment Issues




Note: The options may be studied in any order or pattern.


1      Investing

2      Promoting and Selling

3      E-commerce

4      Global Links

5      Towards Independence

6      Political Involvement

7      Travel

8      Law in Action

9      Our Economy

10   Community Participation

11   Running a Business

12   School-developed Option