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Unit Overview


This unit provides students with an overview of the humanities and social science curriculum in Western Australia. The curriculum documents in economics, geography, history, and politics and law are used as a basis for programming and lesson planning, focusing on the development of appropriate learning strategies, selection of resources and the development of assessment programs. A range of cross-curricular topics related to supporting effective literacy and numeracy development, differentiation and inclusive schooling and the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support student learning 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 and diverse learning needs of adolescent learners in HASS; (2) display a repertoire of teaching and learning strategies relevant to the secondary HASS curriculum; (3) display a detailed understanding of the current Western Australian HASS curriculum; (4) display sound specialist content knowledge in HASS; (5) plan and evaluate varied instruction for effective and engaging learning; (6) critically evaluate and develop instructional resources for

secondary HASS, including a range of educational technologies enhance approaches to learning; (7) critically and positively reflect upon own teaching practice; and (8) research established and new theories of learning and model best practice as a way to improve own performance.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) upper school discipline investigation; (2) programming task; and (3) professional participation. 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 upper school discipline investigation, programming task, and professional participation components.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Keith Briggs
Unit rules
Successful completion of
EDUC5466 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I (ID 3037)
and Enrolment in
32550 Master of Teaching – Secondary (ID 1414)
or 32540 Master of Teaching - F12
Advisable prior study
six units in one of the social science subjects taught in schools such as economics, geography, history, politics
or law, and at least two units at Level 3
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours
contact hours: up to 30 hours. Further information 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.