Unit description

Focuses on planning, implementing and evaluating strategies regarding the Stages 4, 5 and 6 Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) syllabi. An examination of teaching skills and development of values and perspectives, which are intrinsic to HSIE, will occur along with a focus on the professional requirements of the teachers.

Unit content

  1. Role of HSIE in the broader school curriculum; contemporary perspectives and issues in the teaching of HSIE in secondary school
  2. Linking key syllabus elements and the NSW Quality Teaching Framework to another educational jurisdiction
  3. Planning and sequencing units of work, and developing teaching and learning activities in a curriculum area not covered in the unit CS HSIE 2. Students must select an area related to their undergraduate degree in either History, Geography or Society and Culture, or similar subject(s) from another educational jurisdiction 
  4. Principles of assessment for learning in HSIE; modes and strategies for assessing student achievement learning outcomes in HSIE; planning and devising assessment activities for speaking, listening, viewing and representing; aligning assessment activities with teaching and learning sequences
  5. Planning and developing a unit of work: (a) teaching and learning goals; (b) selection and organization of content; (c) selection, development and use of materials and resources; (d) linking assessment design to learning outcomes; (e) providing feedback to students; (f) monitoring students' progress and record keeping
  6. Planning and developing detailed lesson plans 
  7. Strategies for teaching HSIE to meet the needs of students with special education needs, non-English speaking background students, and students with challenging behaviours

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.

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