Courses & Units

Introduction to Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences Education EMT540

Minimum enrolment number of 12 applies to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, students may be transferred to the on-line offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of the key subject disciplines, History and Geography, in the secondary school. Students will learn about key aspects of historical and geographical knowledge and understanding and skills and begin to understand how such discipline knowledge can be transformed into classroom practice. Emphasis will be given to learning about how to teach using primary sources and developing an understanding of the importance of fieldwork in History and Geography. Students learn how to examine Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences for planning, teaching and evaluating History and Geography lessons. Students will improve their research skills and knowledge of available teaching and learning resources. Students will experience a variety of teacher- and student-centred teaching and learning strategies.


Unit name Introduction to Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences Education
Unit code EMT540
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Bianca Coleman
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • design effective teaching and learning activities for secondary students that are consistent with the Australian curriculum: humanities and social sciences.
  • create learning resources, which may include ICT resources, which support secondary students understanding of content and skills from the Australian curriculum: humanities and social sciences.
  • evaluate teaching resources and learning sequences based on an understanding of subject-specific pedagogies and methodologies for teaching.
  • incorporate theoretical and professional literature, and apply academic language and APA referencing conventions to communicate ideas about teaching the Australian curriculum: humanities and social sciences in the secondary school.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
070105 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,324.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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