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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Former School/College

Former School of Education

Unit aim

This unit builds on Curriculum Specialisation Unit I to extend students’ understanding of secondary teaching in the key learning area of Human Society and its Environment (HSIE). Students focus on two or more Years 11–12 (Stage 6) syllabuses. They explore fieldwork learning and unit development with appropriate literacy, numeracy and assessment strategies. There is further opportunity for students to reflect critically on a range of pedagogical and curriculum issues related to the teaching of HSIE in the modern world. 

Unit content

In relation to at least two (2) HSIE Stage 6 syllabus areas:

  1. Knowledge of HSIE Stage 6 syllabi content
  2. Knowledge of pedagogy in relation to teaching HSIE
  3. Knowledge of curriculum requirements for teaching HSIE

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the knowledge base of at least two (2) of the suite of Stage 6 HSIE syllabi, including recent theory and research in the relevant disciplines Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 develop engaging units of work and lesson plans and resources related to selected theoretical and practical content of the Stage 6 HSIE syllabi, demonstrating familiarity with the required syllabus outcomes, objectives, key competencies, knowledge, skills, and understandings Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply current pedagogical theory, including the NSW DET Quality Teaching Framework, to develop effective teaching and learning strategies that encourage students with a diversity of learning needs, styles and cultural backgrounds to engage effectively with HSIE in Stage 6 skills, as appropriate to the needs and expectations of the profession. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 assess the literacy and numeracy demands of the suite of HSIE Stage 6 syllabi and develop effective teaching and learning activities to integrate literacy and numeracy strategies Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 identify and critically examine assessment and reporting procedures and strategies in the context of the Preliminary and HSC standards-referenced assessment framework Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
6 source and assess the appropriateness of digital and non-digital resources that link to informed and effective teaching and learning across the HSIE Stage 6 syllabi Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
7 critically engage with a range of contemporary perspectives, cultural contexts and issues related to teaching HSIE at the Stage 6 level, and demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a broad and critical understanding of the knowledge base of at least two (2) of the suite of Stage 6 HSIE syllabi, including recent theory and research in the relevant disciplines
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. develop engaging units of work and lesson plans and resources related to selected theoretical and practical content of the Stage 6 HSIE syllabi, demonstrating familiarity with the required syllabus outcomes, objectives, key competencies, knowledge, skills, and understandings
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply current pedagogical theory, including the NSW DET Quality Teaching Framework, to develop effective teaching and learning strategies that encourage students with a diversity of learning needs, styles and cultural backgrounds to engage effectively with HSIE in Stage 6 skills, as appropriate to the needs and expectations of the profession.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. assess the literacy and numeracy demands of the suite of HSIE Stage 6 syllabi and develop effective teaching and learning activities to integrate literacy and numeracy strategies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. identify and critically examine assessment and reporting procedures and strategies in the context of the Preliminary and HSC standards-referenced assessment framework
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. source and assess the appropriateness of digital and non-digital resources that link to informed and effective teaching and learning across the HSIE Stage 6 syllabi
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  7. critically engage with a range of contemporary perspectives, cultural contexts and issues related to teaching HSIE at the Stage 6 level, and demonstrate well-developed written and oral communication skills.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Marsh, C & Hart, C, 2011, Teaching the social sciences and humanities in an Australian Curriculum, 6th edn, Sydney, NSW.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.