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Callaghan College Waratah Campus

Callaghan College Waratah Campus

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Human Society and its Environment

Students explore varied subjects in Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) to learn about history, geography, people, societies and culture.

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.

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 

HSIE at Waratah Campus

At Waratah Campus, all students study History and Geography from Year 7 to Year 10.


In the Geography mandatory course, students will study:

Year 7:

  • Landscapes and Landforms
  • Place and Liveability

Year 8:

  • Interconnections
  • Water in the World

Year 9:

  • Changing places
  • Environmental Change and Management

Year 10:

  • Human Wellbeing
  •  Sustainable Biomes


In the History mandatory course, students will study:

Year 7:

  • Investigating the Ancient Past
  •  Ancient Egypt
  • Ancient China

Year 8:

  • Medieval Europe
  • The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa
  • The Polynesian Expansion Across the Pacific

Year 9:

  • Movement of Peoples
  • Australians at War (WWI and WWII)

Year 10:

  • The Holocaust
  • Rights and Freedoms (1945-Present)

HSIE Electives

At Waratah Campus, students have the opportunity to choose different HSIE electives from Year 7-10 including:

  • Commerce
  • International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • History’s Mysteries
  • Cultural Studies

For more information visit Elective selection.

Other Opportunities

The HSIE Faculty offer many additional opportunities for students including participation in:

  • ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day Services
  • Australian Geography and Australian History Competitions
  • Excursions and Incursions
  • International Cultural Exchanges
  • Environmental Activities e.g. Clean Up Australia Day, Earth Hour, Planet Savers
  • Regional Competitions

Matilda and Matthew meet local WW2 veteran, Alf Carpenter.

Jake C. (Year 10) solemnly raises the Australian flag to half mast for ANZAC day.

Our School Captains attend the 65th Annual Newcastle and Hunter Combined Schools ANZAC Day Service to honour the service, dedication and sacrifice of our service men and women.

A Pharoah model in one of our HSIE classrooms.

Year 6 students try out our Buyer Beware elective as part of our Transition Day EXCEL elective expo.

HSIE at HSC Level

Callaghan College offers a range of HSIE subjects at Jesmond Senior Campus, including, Aboriginal Studies, Ancient History, Business Studies, Business Services, Geography, Legal Studies, Modern History, Retail Services, Society and Culture, Studies of Religion. Visit the HSIE Faculty page on our senior campus website to find out more.