EMH104 HSIE: Learning About People, Places and the Past (8)


In this subject, students will develop discipline knowledge in Human Society and Its Environment. Students will gain background knowledge in history, geography, cultures, civics and citizenship, and social systems and structures. The subject builds research and inquiry skills to support the development of students’ discipline knowledge. Through utilising recognised methods of the disciplines to undertake a personal inquiry, students will draw connections between their own lives and Australian society and its environment.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMH104
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Teacher Education

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
EMH204 EMH304 EMH408 EMH419

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate broad knowledge of the discipline areas that constitute Human Society and Its Environment and show understanding of the way these areas are both distinctive and complementary;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, content and methods of History;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, content and methods of Geography;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the development of democracy, the structures and processes of government, civic participation and citizenship ideals, and social, political, legal and economic systems.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • The discipline of Australian history
  • Concepts in history
  • Methods of historical inquiry
  • The sub-disciplines of physical and human geography
  • Concepts in geography
  • Methods of geographical inquiry
  • Civics and citizenship
  • Cultures
  • Social systems and structures


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.