Course Outline

EDU316 Teaching HASS in Primary School

Course Coordinator:Tracey Sanderson ( School:School of Education and Tertiary Access

2024Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Fraser Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


You will develop a thorough understanding of the content and scope of the Australian History and Geography curricula for primary schools. You will develop an understanding of historical perspectives, especially those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and how diverse Australians have contributed to nation building. You will conceptualise, plan, and design learning and teaching for students in these curricula areas. You will consider how the wider community can assist with your work as a history and geography teacher as well as your own professional growth.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – You are required to engage with blended learning materials accessed through Canvas. 2hrs Week 1 9 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – A blended learning approach is used to deliver this course, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous materials and activities accessed through Canvas. This course will be supported by face-to-face on-campus tutorials. 2hrs Week 1 10 times

Course Topics

The Australian Curriculum: History and Social Science (HASS)

HASS content knowledge, including Indigenous histories and cultures

Planning HASS lessons and learning sequences using inquiry

Literacy, numeracy and ICT in HASS

Controversial issues and fieldwork in HASS

Impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background in HASS teaching

Assessment design, marking, reporting and reflection for practice improvement

Evaluating your identity as a HASS teacher

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1 Identify and apply primary HASS content and the pedagogical foundation of inquiry. Knowledgeable
1.4, 2.1, 2.4, 3.7
2 Identify and apply teaching and learning strategies, literacy and numeracy, ICT, assessment and reporting within the context of primary HASS curriculum. Knowledgeable
2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 3.4, 3.6
3 Identify and apply inquiry and skills development in primary HASS. Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 2.2, 3.5, 3.6
4 Plan and explain learning activities and assessment that engage learners in HASS inquiry. Creative and critical thinker
1.1, 1.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5
5 Reflect and analyse HASS content and pedagogical professional learning needs and developing identity as a primary HASS teacher. Creative and critical thinker
6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.4

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership
1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.
1.2 Understand how students learn: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.
1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2 Content selection and organisation: Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.
2.3 Curriculum, assessment and reporting: Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.
2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians: Demonstrate broad knowledge of, understanding of and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and languages.
2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies: Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.
2.6 Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.
3.1 Establish challenging learning goals: Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.
3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs: Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.
3.3 Use teaching strategies: Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4 Select and use resources: Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
3.5 Use effective classroom communication: Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement
3.6 Evaluate and improve teaching programs: Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.
3.7 Engage parents/carers in the educative process: Describe a broad range of strategies for involving parents/carers in the educative process.
6.1 Identify and plan professional learning needs: Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers in identifying professional learning needs.
6.2 Engage in professional learning and improve practice: Understand the relevant and appropriate sources of professional learning for teachers
6.3 Engage with colleagues and improve practice: Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices.
6.4 Apply professional learning and improve student learning: Demonstrate an understanding of the rationale for continued professional learning and the implications for improved student learning.
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities: Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED303, ED304, ED306


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

The first assessment task will provide early low weighted feedback on course progress.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
40 min
Week 4 Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Oral and Written Piece Individual 35%
Multimedia presentation recording of 4 slides in 
10 minutes
Week 6 Online Submission
All 3 Portfolio Individual 45%
2200 words
Week 10 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:HASS Quiz
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your ability to identify, apply and explain course topics.
Product: Quiz/zes
This quiz will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate evidence of your ability to identify, apply and explain course topics from Weeks 1-3 including: 

The Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Science (HASS) 

Planning HASS lessons and learning sequences 

Applying inquiry models to learning 

The exam will be 40 minutes and will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions 

The exam will be held in your enrolled tutorial, online.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and application of HASS content and curriculum
Identification and application of HASS inquiry and skill development
All - Assessment Task 2:HASS and Our School
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your ability to identify and apply HASS content and teaching strategies to a professional audience.
Product: Oral and Written Piece
You will be allocated a school and year level (F-4) in week 1 and form a teaching team. Your task, as a teaching team, will be to devise ways to engage students in HASS by attending to the sequence of learning from F-4 at your school in a negotiated HASS Strand/s to share with colleagues in a curriculum meeting. Consider how to effectively use slides in PowerPoint to share your message. You will illustrate the development of the HASS Strand/s (and chosen content focus) from F-4 at your school. Your teaching team will collaborate to develop an understanding of the school and local area, then each member will take responsibility for one year level. This development will also consider physical, social, and intellectual development of students and reflect the school data* You will develop four PowerPoint Slides for your year level and submit your presentation individually. 

Slide 1: Key Questions: What is the school data? What do you need to consider for your year level? Consider: Know your students-what have you learnt about your class from the school data? Demonstrate your understanding of physical, social, and intellectual development and the characteristics of your year level and school (consider the geographic, socio/economic, cultural and historic region of the school). How will this affect student learning and HASS skill development? 

Slide 2: Key Questions: Which inquiry model have you chosen and why? How will this model be appropriate for your school and year level? Consider: Know the content and how to teach it- Describe your chosen inquiry model. Demonstrate how you would apply this model to your classroom. How does it connect to the chosen area of HASS? 

Slide 3: Key Questions: What classroom strategies will you use to enhance learning in HASS? How are the approaches appropriate for the developmental, social and intellectual requirements of the year level? Consider: How will you plan for and implement effective teaching and learning: Describe the sequence of learning in HASS related to your chosen HASS strand/s. Provided classroom strategies specific to your level. How would you teach this content? 

Slide 4: Key Questions: What classroom resources would you employ? What references have you used to justify your choices? Consider: Academic references, teacher resources for the classroom and for teacher professional development, community/state resources/links related to the content area.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and application of HASS content and curriculum
Identification and application of HASS teaching and learning strategies
Identification and application of HASS inquiry and skill development
2 3 5
Creation of communication using credible sources
Application of appropriate communication skills
All - Assessment Task 3:Fieldwork teaching and assessment portfolio
The goal of this task is to demonstrate your ability to identify, describe and explain the application of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment decision making in the context of Primary HASS.
Product: Portfolio
You will create a portfolio recording evidence to showcase your development of an inquiry-based fieldwork task, lessons and assessment for Year 5 or Year 6 at your Task 1 school. You will consider HASS curriculum content, relevant achievement standard, school data, planning for learning and assessment and professional growth planning. Explain and justify your pedagogical and discipline specific choices based on the Australian Curriculum and academic literature. You will reflect on the potential challenges you may face as a beginning teacher. You will create a brief unit plan and elaborate on three sequenced lessons from the plan. 

Your portfolio will include: 

School and class focus: 

Analysis of the school data and profile, describing the implications on the chosen year level. 

Identify the available classroom level data you would have available as the classroom teacher before teaching and assessment commences for this task. 

Describe how you might use this data with your year level. 

Fieldwork and assessment task: 

Describe the field work experience and assessment task, including curriculum connections 

Include HASS achievement standard for relevant year level 

Construct a brief ten-week unit plan situating the sequence of three lesson, fieldwork, and assessment task 

Sequence of three lessons: 

Identify curriculum descriptions 

Create objectives that are relevant and related to the subject and assessment 

Demonstrate HASS specific pedagogy 

Apply a range of teaching strategies and resources including literacy, numeracy, ICT. Include strategies to promote student participation and engagement. 

Professional knowledge and practice: 

Reflect on the challenges and considerations required to achieve the fieldwork and task, from the perspective of a beginning teacher in the location 

Analyse the challenges and explain ways you might improve your HASS teaching practice 

Analyse and explain the value of a range of sources for professional knowledge and practice development, reflect on the role of the APST and professional feedback. 

Describe your pedagogy in a mind map
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Identification and application of HASS content and curriculum
Identification and application of HASS pedagogy, inquiry, skills development, literacy, numeracy and use of ICT to engage students.
2 3
Planning and explanation of data use, pedagogy and assessment decision making in HASS
Analysis and explanation of the value of teacher professional development in HASS
Creation of communication using credible sources
1 2 3 4 5

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Deborah Green,Deborah Price 2019 Making Humanities and Social Sciences Come Alive n/a Cambridge University Press

Specific requirements

It is expected that all students will have access to electronic devices and suitable internet access to engage with the course materials. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is necessary for each tutorial session. Access to a mobile device with a camera and microphone is recommended. Exams will be undertaken using a BYOD.

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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