Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School

Day and boarding school for boys since 1939

Telephone02 6764 8600


Human society and its environment

In human society and its environment (HSIE), the subjects of history and geography are mandatory from Kindergarten to Year 10, where students study specific historical and geographical concepts and skills. 

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 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. 

Human society and its environment faculty

The faculty mission statement: To produce active and informed citizens ready for the challenges of our global society and envrionment through engagement in a range of diverse curriculum.

The Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) faculty covers all subjects related to the humanities and Business/Commerce.

Courses offered

The HSIE faculty offers the following subjects:

Year 7 and 8

  • Mandatory Geography
  • Mandatory History

Year 9 and 10

  • Mandatory Geography
  • Mandatory History
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Commerce
  • Elective Geography
  • Elective History

Year 11 and 12

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Studies of Religion

Extra curricula activities

  • Year 9 Geography Fieldwork – Tamworth significant landmarks
  • Year 10 Geography Fieldwork – Peel river catchment
  • Year 12 Geography – Stockton Sand Dunes and Newcastle excursion
  • Year 12 Geography Pyrmont excursion
  • Australian Geography Competition
  • Australian History Competition
  • Year 9 History Spirit of Anzac Exhibition excursion
  • Year 9 History War Memorial WW1 Source Box presentation
  • ASX Sharemarket game
  • Essi Money game (Suncorp)
  • Year 9 Commerce Enterprise Activity – market garden
  • Year 9 Commerce Travel Agent guest speaker
  • UNSW Business Studies Competition
  • Business Studies Industry visit
  • UNSW Economics Competition
  • Year 12 Legal Studies Tamworth Court visit
  • Year 12 Legal Studies Police Liaison guest speaker
  • UNE HSC Study Day for Business Studies, Economics and Legal Studies
  • Year 5 Experience Day – Orienteering course