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Blacktown Boys High School

Blacktown Boys High School

Partially Selective Boys High School since 2010

Telephone02 9622 1558

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. 

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

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture
  • Studies of Religion.


Ms G. Jackson

Mr L. Dewane

Ms J. Shields

Ms N. Mahmood

Mr R. Lloyd

Mr T. Hodges (Career advisor)

Mr P. Everingham (Librarian)

Curriculum outline

At Blacktown Boys' High School, Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) provides students with the opportunity to examine, reflect, reason and evaluate structures, communities, cultures and contemporary issues that exist within their local, national and global environment. Through their coursework students develop an understanding of past societies, as well as the nature of the society in which they belong and are encouraged to take action, to change and make a difference in the world in which they live.

Curriculum options

Stage 4

  • Geography mandatory
  • History mandatory

Stage 5

  • Careers
  • Commerce
  • Geography mandatory
  • Geography elective
  • History mandatory
  • History elective
  • Work education

Stage 6

  • Ancient history
  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • History extension
  • Legal studies
  • Modern history
  • Studies of religion


Extra-curricular activities such as incursions, excursions and school competitions are enriching experiences that broaden students' knowledge and complement their classroom learning. We in HSIE, therefore, encourage our students to get involved and take up the opportunities presented to them throughout the year.