Teaching Humanities in Tasmanian Schools

Teaching Australian Curriculum Humanities and Social Sciences in Tasmanian schools

Degree type


Closing date

29 October 2021



Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International Onshore

About the research project

This research project aims to examine the impacts of teaching Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) in Tasmanian schools, from Prep to Grade 10. We seek to explore three key questions: How readily have teachers been able to apply the Australian Curriculum's HASS knowledge and skills in their classrooms? Do teachers have the appropriate knowledge and skills to confidently teach Australian history, geography and civics and citizenship to students? How confident are teachers about integrating the three cross-curriculum priorities of Tasmanian Aboriginal Histories and Cultures, Sustainability, and Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia into the HASS learning area?

This project aligns with the University of Tasmania's Strategic Plan (2019-2024) which encourages research that is distinctively Tasmanian and of national and international significance. It also responds to the CALE research aspiration to understand the characteristics, causes and consequences that contribute to the development of a modern national identity, in this case, a national identity shaped by the teaching of Australian history, geography and civics and citizenship in Tasmanian schools. Because this research will take place in Tasmanian schools, potential candidates must demonstrate recent knowledge and experience of the ACARA Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum in Tasmania or on the Australian mainland.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Louise Zarmati


Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,597 per annum (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years;
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000; and
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.


The project is open to domestic (Australian and New Zealand) and international applicants who are already in Australia (onshore) at the time of submitting their application.

Due to current Australian COVID-19 travel restrictions the University cannot accept applications from international applicants who are currently overseas.

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements and the following additional eligibility criteria specific to this project:

  • Bachelor's degree in at least one area of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Teaching qualification

Applicants from the following disciplines are encouraged to apply:

  • Education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Archaeology
  • Aboriginal studies
  • Civics
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Selection criteria specific to this project:

  • Teaching experience

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select the project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Louise Zarmati, if you have any questions about the project; and
  3. Click here to submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the long title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email.

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