Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


In this course Initial Teacher Education Students (ITES) will explore the content and organisation of the NSW K-6 HSIE Syllabus and curriculum; strategies and resources for programming, teaching and assessing primary HSIE; the role and value of HSIE; the place of HSIE in the K-12 HSIE continuum (particularly the links between Stage 3 and 4); the literacy and numeracy demands of HSIE curriculum; ways of differentiating curriculum to meet the diverse needs of learners. Particular attention will be given to Aboriginal history and culture, and concepts emerging from the HSIE curriculum that relate to civics and citizenship.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2021.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Understand the underlying principles of the Humanities and Social Sciences area of the curriculum and be able to demonstrate that they can plan teaching and learning events to further these principles and practices;

2. Value and clarify the diversity of perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Asian and Sustainability perspectives;

3. Appreciate the role and value of Humanities and Social Sciences in the broader school curriculum;

4. Understand and use the NSW syllabus document in this area (incorporating the Australian Curriculum) to plan for learning and teaching in all aspects of Humanities and Social Sciences.


ITES will learn about the principles of teaching and learning Humanities and Social Science in the primary school contexts. Specific areas of learning will include: understanding, implementing and critiquing current NSW based curriculum documents; teaching and learning in History K-6; teaching and learning in Geography K-6. Best practice teaching and learning strategies using ICT in teaching Humanities and Social Sciences.


This course replaces EDUC6800. If you have successfully completed EDUC6800 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Module 1: Article to a teacher’s professional magazine 20%

Written Assignment: Module 2: History lesson and unit planning 40%

Written Assignment: Module 3: Geography lesson and unit planning 40%

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - A minimum of 80% attendance is required to pass the course

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.