Courses & Units

Primary Humanities and Social Sciences Education EMT593



Minimum enrolment numbers 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 subject disciplines, History and Geography, in the primary school. Students will learn about key aspects of historical and geographical knowledge and understanding and skills and how such knowledge can be transformed into classroom practice.

Emphasis will be given to learning about and applying ICT skills and to developing understanding of the importance of fieldwork in History and Geography. There will be a brief examination of two of the Australian Curriculum Cross-Curriculum perspectives, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders histories and cultures. Students will gain an understanding of how to adapt existing curriculum documents to specific teaching contexts.

Students will experience a variety of teacher- and student-centred teaching and learning strategies, and the development of shared resources for History and Geography teaching. Students will improve their research skills and knowledge of available teaching and learning resources.


Unit name Primary Humanities and Social Sciences Education
Unit code EMT593
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education

Bianca Coleman

Teaching staff

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Design effective teaching and learning activities for primary students (F-6) that are consistent with the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences.
  2. Create learning resources, which may include ICT resources, which support primary students’ understanding of content and skills from the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences.
  3. Evaluate teaching resources and learning sequences based on an understanding of age- and subject-appropriate pedagogies.
  4. Incorporate theoretical and professional literature to communicate ideas about teaching the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences in the primary school.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $2,108.00 070103

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

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Teaching Pattern

Face to face: One hour recorded lecture and 1 x 2 hour face to face tutorial for 13 weeks.

Online: Fully online with weekly readings and activities.


Task 1: Narrated PowerPoint, written plan and justification (40%). Task 2: Lesson sequence (60%).

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Flexible Study Options

This unit is available face to face on Hobart Campus only and fully online via distance enrolment



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