Kogarah High School


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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. 

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.

The HSIE faculty at Kogarah High Schools offers a wide range of courses across the school curriculum. The faculty promotes student centred and independent learning through group work and individual research in a supportive and caring environment.

Faculty aims/objectives

  • High expectations of 'on task' behaviour and ethos of cooperation, sharing and community
  • Relevance of material taught to real world
  • Active student engagement building understanding on literacy, numeracy, problem solving and thinking skills which can be applied across all subject areas
  • Encouragement of students to partake in extra-curricular activities including state and national competitions

Faculty structure

In years 7 and 8 students remain in the same class for all subjects. In year 7 their HSIE subject is History, in Year 8 these subjects are Geography and LOTE. In Year 9 students remain in the same class to complete the History and Geography course. They can also elect to study commerce or LOTE in Years 9 and 10. In Years 11 and 12 Kogarah High School offers society and culture, economics, legal studies, business studies, LOTE, senior geography, modern history, ancient history and work studies.

Student requirements

  • Pens (blue/ black/ red)
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Ruler
  • Geometry set
  • Diary

Extracurricular activities

  • HSC Lecture Days for all our senior subjects
  • Geography Competition
  • History Competition
  • Australian Financial Literacy Assessment Competition
  • Participation in the Australian Stock Exchange Game
  • Excursions to enrich and assist the learning which takes place in the classroom.

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