EMH205 HSIE: Teaching About People, Places and the Past (8)

This subject provides pre-service teachers with the professional and pedagogical knowledge that will enable them to be graduate standard teachers of primary Human Society and Its Environment. In this subject, students engage with conceptualizations of the HSIE curriculum teaching area and examine how these are represented in mandated syllabuses. Students will develop an understanding of the teaching strategies appropriate to the design, implementation and assessment of high quality HSIE learning experiences. Students will create authentic learning experiences that address issues of community engagement, social justice, sustainability, and diversity.

Subject Outlines
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Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMH205. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Assumed Knowledge

EPT125, IKC103.

Incompatible Subjects

EMH204, EMH304, EMH408, EMH419

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • articulate a rationale for teaching HSIE in primary classrooms;
  • demonstrate how to plan, structure and sequence learning programs for HSIE;
  • be able to design learning experiences that reflect their knowledge and understanding of the learning and teaching context,and the content of the HSIE syllabus;
  • use a range of resources, including ICT, relevant to the teaching of HSIE;
  • understand the importance of designing authentic, integrated teaching, learning and assessment experiences that promote the values of the HSIE discipline area, along with strategies that effectively evaluate teaching programs;
  • demonstrate skills on how to make meaningful connections between the classroom and the community;
  • incorporate literacy and numeracy strategies in the HSIE teaching area.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The rationale and vision of HSIE
  • Planning and programming in HSIE
  • Inquiry based learning in HSIE
  • Project/service/problem and place based learning in HSIE
  • Strategies for teaching and learning in HSIE, including strategies that support the teaching of diversity, intercultural understanding and global perspectives
  • Assessment and evaluation in HSIE
  • Values and controversial issues in HSIE


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.