James Ruse Agricultural High School

Gesta Non Verba

Telephone02 9871-7126


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.

In HSIE, students explore varied subjects in human society and its environment to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.

Students also have an opportunity to learn more about people and the societies and environments in which they live through elective subjects.

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. 

The HSIE faculty offers a broad range of courses.

Year 7

All Year 7 students complete the Mandatory Stage 4 History Course.

Year 8

All Year 8 students complete the Mandatory Stage 4 Geography Course.

Year 9 & 10

All Year 9 and 10 students complete the Mandatory Stage 5 Geography and History courses. In each year they do 1 semester each of Geography and History.

Students also have the option of studying Commerce and/or History Elective in Year 9 and 10.

Year 11 & 12 

The senior courses offered are:

  • Ancient History
  • Economics
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History


Co-Curricular Activities & Competitions