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Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus

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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.

As a BYOD school, we use technology to extend the learning environment and to support students to develop the skills required for the workplaces of the future. Focus is also placed on the incorporation of literacy strategies and the use of different text types.

Leichhardt Campus offers a range of HSIE courses, which currently include:

  • Mandatory Geography (Stages 4 & 5)
  • Mandatory History (Stage 4 & 5)

  • Commerce (Stage 5)

  • International Studies (Stage 5)

  • Aboriginal Studies (Stage 5)

  • Elective History (Stage 5)

  • Elective Geography (Stage 5)

Running through these courses is an emphasis on Civics and Citizenship, encouraging students to take an active and informed role in society through:

  • charity fundraising
  • volunteering programs and school/ community service
  • completing Project Based Learning units
  • encouraging students' political awareness.
  • conducting primary and secondary research, including fieldwork


The HSIE (Human Society and Its Environment) Department at Sydney Secondary College - Leichhardt Campus are a dynamic, vibrant team with a diverse range of interests and expertise. We are committed to offering an extensive variety of learning experiences in the Social Sciences which cater to a broad range of student abilities and learning styles, both in and outside of the classroom.