Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the unit, Components of the HASS learning area in the Primary School context
    • Planning for learning: Teaching Inquiry in the HASS classroom
    • Unpacking the curriculum: History, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
    • Unpacking the curriculum: Geography and sustainable development
    • Unpacking the curriculum: Civics and Citizenship (including values in HASS)
    • Unpacking the curriculum: Economics and Business
    • Teaching and Learning Strategies: thinking and concept building
    • Teaching and Learning Strategies: lesson planning
    • Assessment in the Humanities - Formative
    • Assessment in the Humanities - Summative
    • Integrating HASS in the Primary School
    • Global Education: Technologies in the Humanities
    • Review and Reflection
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Audio/Video conferencing
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • E-Portfolios
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Online Assessment
      • FAQs
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. establish critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  2. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to plan for the delivery and evaluation of teaching and learning experiences that will impact on student learning in Primary HASS
  3. integrate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to develop differentiated teaching and learning experiences that support and challenge all students in Primary HASS
  4. appraise a range of resources, including technologies, and make appropriate selections to inform HASS teaching programs
  5. research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and explain ways in which they are incorporated into the HASS learning area.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Report (50%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject prepares pre-service teachers to teach Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) in Primary schools through the areas of History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. It explores the history and development of the learning area, inquiry approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and integration of HASS in the primary school years.

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