EDUC5466 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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) 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 professional activities components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jennifer Shand
Unit rules
enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
Advisable prior study:
four units in one of the social science subjects taught in schools such as economics, geography, history, politics
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
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.