EDUC5476 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum II

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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 the relationship between theories, policies and practice through a process of critical reflection; (3) show knowledge of the structure, content and legislation of courses of study in the HASS learning area; (4) demonstrate detailed knowledge of a specialist discipline; (5) plan and evaluate creative student-centred instruction for effective learning; (6) plan for literacy and numeracy learning; (7) critically evaluate and use a range of instructional resources (including educational technologies) to support and enhance learning; (8) demonstrate knowledge and use of assessment strategies and purposes for HASS subjects (including assessment of, and for, learning); (9) demonstrate an awareness of diverse student learning needs through planning of differentiated learning and selection of differentiated resources; (10) incorporate multicultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into lessons; (11) communicate effectively and professionally (in writing, orally and non-verbally) with peers, university staff and other professionals; (12) demonstrate high standards of professional conduct and ethical behaviour including self management, when engaging with peers, school and university staff and professionals; (13) reflect on personal and professional development and plan for ongoing learning as a member of a professional association; (14) work collaboratively with colleagues; (15) use research findings to improve practice; and (16) apply efficient research skills and use of ICT.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) video analysis; (2) programming task; and (3) professional participation and conduct. 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 video analysis, programming task, and professional participation and conduct components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr John Yiannakis
Unit rules
EDUC5466 HASS Curriculum I
EDUC5535 Professional Practice A Secondary and enrolment in the Master of Teaching Secondary
Advisable prior study:
six units in one of the social science subjects taught in schools such as economics, geography, history, politics
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.
  • 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.