Duval High School

Learning to live

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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.

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. 

In Year 11 and 12, students can choose from a range of HSIE courses. These include:

  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Ancient History
  • Business Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History Extension
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern History
  • Society and Culture.

Head Teacher of HSIE at Duval:

Mr David Partridge

"Geography has made us neighbours. History has made us friends, Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies."

John F Kennedy

Faculty Mission: "Excellence in all aspects of Geographical, Cultural and Commercial Studies".

Faculty motto: "The more you learn; the more you earn!"

The junior school subjects offered are; Geography, History, Commerce (specialising in Business), Commerce (specialising in Law), Elective History, International Studies, Work Education and Preliminary Retail Studies (VET).

The senior school subjects offered are; Ancient History, Business Studies, Economics, Geography, History Extension, Legal Studies, Modern History, Society and Culture, Business Services (VET) and Retail Services (VET).