Human Society and Its Environment (HSIE) is the study of how humans interact with the world, how society operates and how it is changing. Through the study of HSIE, students develop the skills to prepare them to actively and responsibly participate as informed citizens in the contemporary world. Stage 4 and 5 History and Geography have mandatory Site Studies and Fieldwork offering hands-on practical learning for our students. Some of these include: The Big Dig Archaeological site in The Rocks and Sydney Olympic Park Wetlands.

Stage 4 and Stage 5

Students study mandatory History and Geography from Years 7–10 and cover the following units:


Year 7

Year 8 

Year 9 

Year 10 


  • Investigating the Ancient World

  • Ancient Egypt

  • Ancient China

  • The Italian Renaissance

  • The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa

  • Japan under the Shoguns

  • The Industrial Revolution

  • Australians at War: WWI and WWII

  • Rights and Freedoms: 1945 - Present

  • Migration Experiences


  • Landscapes and Landforms

  • Place and Liveability

  • Water in the World

  • Interconnections

  • Sustainable Biomes

  • Changing Places

  • Environmental Change and Management

  • Human Wellbeing


Domremy College also offers three elective HSIE courses in Years 9–10 (Stage 5):

  • Commerce

    • Students learn about and develop skills around consumer, financial, economic, business, legal, political and employment issues. Students develop research skills, apply problem-solving strategies and evaluate options in order to make informed and responsible decisions as individuals and as part of the community. (From NESA Course Description)

  • Geography Elective

    • Geography Elective provides opportunities to develop a broader understanding of the discipline of Geography, including physical, social, cultural, economic and political influences on people, places and environments, from local to global scales. (From NESA Course Description)

  • History Elective

    • History enables young people to develop an interest in and enjoyment of exploring the past. History Elective provides opportunities to develop a knowledge and understanding of past societies and historical periods. (From NESA Course Description)

Stage 6: Years 11–12

The College offers eight Board Developed HSIE courses for the HSC:

  • Ancient History

  • Business Studies

  • Economics

  • Geography

  • History Extension

  • Legal Studies

  • Modern History

  • Society and Culture