Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course explores the principles and practices of teaching and learning History in the High School. It will address course and assessment requirements as determined by the NSW Board of Studies, the Australian Curriculum, and the Assessment and Reporting Authority. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the requirements of their own jurisdictions if studying outside New South Wales or Australia. The course has a strong focus on lesson planning and programming for 7-10 History and 11-12 Modern History; and particular attention will be given to strategies, technologies and resources for teaching and assessing History; and current issues and trends related to the teaching of History in schools.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of pedagogical approaches for teaching History.

2. Design programs, construct assessment tasks, and develop lesson plans (including appropriate teaching strategies and technologies, and differentiated learning activities and resources) based on the requirements of the official 7-10 History and 11-12 Modern History syllabi.

3. Implement lesson sequences, assessment activities, and other requirements during a period of supervised professional experience.

4. Articulate the curriculum philosophies underpinning their selection of pedagogical practices.


The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • The competing purposes of History education and their alignment with specific curriculum philosophies and pedagogical practices.
  • The principles and practices of teaching and learning History
  • Models of pedagogy and strategies for teaching and assessing History (including inquiry approaches to learning).
  • Course and assessment requirements of 7-10 History and 11-12 Modern History (as determined by the NSW Board of Studies and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority).
  • Differentiating resources and instruction to meet the diverse needs of learners in the History classroom.
  • Technologies and resources for teaching and learning History.
  • The relationship between HSIE, numeracy and literacy.
  • The place of secondary HSIE in the continuum of learning in K-12, including a particular understanding of the links between Stage 3 and Stage 4.
  • Years 7-10 History Syllabus and Stage 6 Modern History Syllabus including aim, objectives, outcomes, content, course requirements and key terms
  • Board of Studies assessment requirements for the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate for History
  • Issues in Australia"s social, political and cultural history and international relationships
  • Concepts involved in civics and citizenship and Aboriginal history and culture

Assessment items

Essay: Research Essay

Proposal / Plan: Lesson Planning

Professional Task: Practicum/Placement