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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with an overview of the humanities and social science learning areas in Western Australia. Students work with a range of school-based, state-based and national curriculum resources to develop the knowledge and competencies needed to devise lesson plans, create programs and develop a variety of learning strategies. Students explore a range of resources and instructional methods and develop and apply appropriate assessment practices. Contemporary issues related to the support of student literacy and numeracy, the use of ICT, values education, global education, and their implication to the teaching of humanities and social sciences are also explored.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of the developmental needs and interests of adolescent learners in humanities and social sciences (HASS); (2) demonstrate knowledge of theories of teaching and learning and an awareness of the relationship to current practices, policies and theories in education; (3) show a range of teaching and learning strategies relevant to the secondary HASS curriculum; (4) demonstrate knowledge of contemporary HASS curriculum structures and legislation; (5) develop and evaluate creative student-centred HASS lesson plans and programs for effective and engaging learning; (6) evaluate and use a range of instructional resources for secondary HASS, including information and communication technology (ICT) and other educational technologies, to support and enhance learning; (7) understand assessment processes in HASS through planning assessment tasks for a range of purposes; (8) demonstrate an awareness of diverse student learning needs through the planning of differentiated learning and the selection of differentiated resources and also diverse literacy and numeracy capabilities; and (9) demonstrate high standards of professional conduct, including self-management when engaging with peers, school and University staff and other professionals.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lesson plans; (2) learning program; and (3) participation and professional activities. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the lesson plans, learning program, and participation and professional activities components.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Keith Briggs
Unit rules
Enrolment in
32550 Master of Teaching – Secondary (ID 1414)
or Course Enrolment 32540 Master of Teaching (F-12) (ID 1510)
Advisable prior study
four units in one of the social science subjects taught in schools such as economics, geography, history, politics
or law, with at least two units at Level 2
Contact hours
30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.