Domremy offers a wide range of subjects in the HSIE are in Years 11 and 12. These include:

Ancient History - 2 Unit

This course aims to offer students the opportunity to gain a perspective on human history through a study of the ideas, beliefs and values of various civilisations which have had a great effect on western civilisation.  It introduces students to the science and adventure of archaeology; to the study and use of historical sources; to the methods of judging and analysing evidence which will equip students in an exciting and entertaining way, to a later study of law, journalism, economics, advertising, social work, architecture or arts at University or College.

Business Services – 2 Unit

This is a competency-based VET course that prepares students for working in an office environment.  There is a compulsory 2 weeks of Work Placement in which students practise their skills in answering the phone, handling mail, using databases and so on.

Business Studies - 2 Unit

This course is aimed at students who will be seeking a career in the business world, whether it is after completing the HSC or further tertiary studies.  The course looks into the activities of business and how a business is organised. A credit for the subject is granted in some TAFE courses and it is a useful introduction to Business or Commerce at University.

Economics - 2 Unit

This is an interesting and challenging course and one that gives valuable information to students about current economic problems and possible solutions.  This is particularly pertinent in view of the fact that all students will soon be of voting age and will be asked to make a critical assessment of present government policies.  Thus this subject is relevant to all students.  It is particularly important for all students wishing to study economics, journalism, accountancy or business degrees at Colleges and Universities.

Geography - 2 Unit

From prior learning and experiences, students have a variety of personal geographies of their world:  the people, cultures, societies and environments they have experienced or learned about.  They have ideas about place and location, scale, communities, environments and how they change over time and space. A study of Geography should build on these personal geographies to enable students to make generalisations to explain patterns, evaluate consequences and to solve problems associated with the human use of the biophysical, social, cultural and built environments.

Universities and TAFE colleges offer courses in both Physical and Human Geography:

  • Human Geographers find work in a large range of occupations such as: urban planning, tourism, recreation planning, environmental management, broadcasting and journalism.
  • Physical Geographers: coastal management, meteorology, surveying, soil conservation, journalism, broadcasting and academic research posts.

Legal Studies - 2 Unit

This course is designed to assist students to understand the way the legal system works; to understand how the law operates to resolve conflicts and regulate social behaviour; and to appreciate the role of the law in every aspect of our lives.  These skills will form an excellent foundation preparing students for University or College courses in law, business studies, journalism, real estate, social work, criminology, information technology or arts.

Modern History - 2 Unit

This course aims to offer students the opportunity to gain a perspective on today's world through a study of our 20th Century using the skills which historians employ.   It introduces students to the forces which have shaped our century; to the way of understanding and using evidence; to the gradual development and practise of written skills which will invaluably equip students for University courses in law, economics, journalism, social work and arts.

Society and Culture - 2 Unit

Society and Culture is a course drawing largely on the area of sociology for its content and methods.  The course is designed to equip students with the relevant knowledge and skills required for their social needs in the future - in other words to become "socially literate". The general knowledge, study methods and skills developed in this course should also provide an excellent background for those undertaking tertiary studies in any of the humanities subjects.


Commerce is a fascinating subject full of answers to many of the problems you face in living in this busy commercial world.  We teach you how to be a clever shopper and how to complain if things go wrong.  We invest our money successfully, open bank accounts and take out loans wisely.  We look at training for the job market and analyse the causes of unemployment.  We even try to make a profit when running our own businesses.

Commerce is a course full of useful skills that you need. A revised syllabus from the Board of Studies was introduced in 2005.

The CORE TOPICS include:

  1. Consumer Choice
  2. Personal Finance
  3. Law and Society
  4. Employment Issues

The 11 optional topics include interesting choices such as: E-Commerce, Investing, Travel, Running a Business and Law in Action. The course is aimed to enable students to make informed and responsible decisions as individuals and as part of the broader community.



  • Investigating the World
  • Global Environments

Geographic skills e.g. map reading, field sketches, mind maps, field-studies.

Physical environments of the world Human environments of the world.

Tropical Rainforests – sample studies, e.g. Solomon Islands, Endangered species e.g. Orang-utans, Tourism at Tanjung National Park.

Fieldwork options:  under the rainforest canopy at Sydney Botanical Gardens.

Polar Lands:  Antarctica – fact file – food webs, plant and animal life, human impact on Antarctica.  IMAX, Guest speakers, Heinemann On-line Atlas.

  • Managing Global Environments
  • Global Citizenship

The need to protect and conserve global environments – habitat preservation, sustainability, biodiversity.

Geographical issues e.g.

Management of waste

Urban growth and decline

Declining air quality

Citizenship:  examination of community activities and public affairs.

Global citizenship:  global commons e.g. oceans, air.  Human rights and responsibilities.  Global links e.g. tourism, international aid, information technology.  Guest speakers – Aid Agencies, Landcare, Clean-Up Australia, Tourist groups, Local lobby groups, resident action groups.


Part 1: Investigating Australia’s Physical Environments

Australia’s global address

Australia’s location in the world and the Asia-Pacific region

Skills: Map reading – using scale

Australia in the physical world

Australia and its Aboriginal heritage-a unique feature.

Australian environments

The physical environment

Australia: a unique country

Australia’s climate

Australia’s flora and fauna

Australia’s major hazards

Australian communities

Part 2: Changing Australian Environments

Changing physical environments

A rapid rate of change

How the physical environment affects people.

Field Work: Pyrmont and Ultimo


Part 3: Issues in Australian Environments

Geographical issues in Australia

The need to protect and manage environments

The nature of contemporary geographical issues

Sample study: Urban growth - Sydney

Sample study: Waste Management

Urban growth and decline

Urban growth in Australia

Urban consolidation and urban sprawl

Growth and decline

Sample study: Pyrmont-Ultimo – a study in urban renewal

Part 4: Australia’s Regional and Global Context

Australia’s regional and global context

Australia’s place in the region

Physical diversity in the Asia-Pacific region

Economic and cultural diversity in Asia-Pacific

Australia’s regional and global links

Links with the world

Political relations

Defence ties

Sample study Australia’s role in East Timor

Trading places – Australia’s trade links

Sample study: APEC – Special trade link

Foreign investment

Foreign aid

‘Exporting’ education

Australia’s future

Australia’s changing national identity

Australia’s changing regional and global role

Sample study: Community Aid Abroad

Strategies for a better future

Sample study: Australian Conservation Foundation

Occupational pathways for geographers

History at Domremy College



  • Investigating History

What is History?

Why do Historians investigate the past?

Why is conserving our heritage important?

Societies and Civilisations of the Past

What can we learn about societies and civilisations from the past?

Examples of Ancient societies studied include: Egypt, Rome, Mesopotamia and Greece.


Societies and Civilisations of the Past

What can we learn about societies and civilisations of the past?

What have been the legacies of past societies and civilisations?

Medieval and Early Modern societies studied include: Medieval Europe and the Islamic World.

Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples, Colonisation and Contact History

What can we learn about Aboriginal and indigenous peoples?

What has been the nature and impact of colonisation on Aboriginal, indigenous and non-indigenous peoples?


Australia to 1914


Voting Rights

Immigration Restriction Act

Australia and World War One




Australia between the Wars

Phar Lap

Day of Mourning

Stolen Children

Australia and World War Two



Enemy Aliens


Australia in the Vietnam War Era

ANZUS Treaty

Changing Rights and Freedoms

Land Rights and Native Title

People Power and Politics in the Post-War Period

Women’s Liberation

Australia’s Social and Cultural History in the Post-War Period

American and British influences on popular culture