Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Examines the curriculum area of HSIE/SOSE at the pre- and primary school levels, as framed by a range of curriculum documents. Students develop skills in designing authentic and responsive learning experiences. Students engage with the content and process of Australian and world history, geography, participatory citizenship, values and ethics.

Unit content

1. What is HSIE?
      The nature of the learning area
2. Social Studies vs disciplines (history, geography).
      National and international curricula
      Human rights as a connective framework (UNDHR, UNCRoC)
3. Critical inquiry, problem-based learning and constructivism
4. Civics and active citizenship
5. Indigenous perspectives
6. Change and continuity/chronology/cause and effect
7. Historical evidence/perspectives/significance
8. Geographical observation/description/location/direction/distance
9. Geographical plans/images/globes/fieldwork/graphing
10. Futurist teaching

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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