HSIE involves learning about the historical, contemporary and future of people and our world.  It is the study of human interaction within and between different societies, both built and natural.

St Clare’s provides students with the opportunity to engage in the study of significant aspects of the world around them through reflection on past lives and societies, the physical world, the legal world and the worlds of business and economics.

Stage 4 – Years 7 and 8

Students study both Geography and History. In Geography, students study Global Geography exploring the diversity that exists in global communities and environments. History provides a study of the nature of history and historical sources, both archaeological and written.  Students investigate ancient history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period (60,000BC – c. AD 650).

Stage 5 – Year 9 and 10

Students study a range of courses, both mandatory and elective.

Mandatory subjects include Geography and History.

In Geography, students explore the physical and human uniqueness of Australia and its challenges on a regional and global scale. History provides a study of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1945, followed by a study of the modern world and Australia from 1945 to the present.

Elective subjects include Aboriginal Studies and Commerce.

Aboriginal Studies aims to develop an understanding of Aboriginal peoples, cultures and lifestyles and their contributions to Australian society. In Commerce, students study a variety of topics including consumer choice, personal finance, political involvement, law in action, e-Commerce, law and society, our economy, and employment issues.

Stage 6 – Years 11 and 12

The HSIE faculty offers a wide range of board-developed courses for both preliminary and HSC study. These courses include:

  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture

History Extension may be offered, by invitation, as an HSC-only course of study.