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

This subject provides teacher education students with the curriculum and pedagogical knowledge that will enable them to be teachers of Humanities and Social Sciences K-6. In this subject, teacher education students will specifically engage with the knowledge and understandings, skills and values of the NSW Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) learning area and examine how these are represented in mandated syllabuses. Teacher education students will develop an understanding of teaching and assessment strategies and resources (including digital resources) and design HSIE curriculum teaching and learning sequences. Students will create authentic learning experiences that are informed by understandings of inquiry-based learning, place-based pedagogies and cross-curriculum priorities.


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

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EMH419 as it shares similar content.


Assumed Knowledge

IKC101 or IKC103

Subject Relationships

EMH419 This subject shares similar content to EMH205

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan learning experiences that demonstrate understanding of the NSW History K-10 Syllabus and NSW Geography Syllabus, Early Stage 1-Stage 3;
  • be able to incorporate a range of strategies and resources for teaching and assessing primary history and geography in a sequence of learning;
  • be able to articulate a rationale for teaching HSIE in primary classrooms, which includes inquiry-based and place-based pedagogies;
  • be able to design meaningful learning experiences that connect the HSIE curricula with the community;
  • be able to incorporate literacy, numeracy and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) capabilities in HSIE learning programs; and
  • be able to describe the cross-curriculum priorities and their relationship to the HSIE learning area and embed the cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities in HSIE learning sequences.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Humanities and Social Sciences curricula in Australia
  • The scope and continuum of the HSIE learning area (Early Stage 1-Stage 4)
  • History curriculum and pedagogy
  • Geography curriculum and pedagogy
  • Inquiry and place-based pedagogies in HSIE
  • Planning and assessment for the diverse primary classroom, using a backward design approach
  • Developing ethical values through Civics and Citizenship education
  • Cross-Curriculum priorities (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and Sustainability) Interdisciplinary HSIE
  • General capabilities in Humanities and Social Sciences (including Literacy and Numeracy in HSIE)
  • Resources in the primary HSIE classroom; incorporating Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Strategies for teaching and learning in HSIE

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMH205 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflecting on the hsie/humanities curriculum
Unit of learning

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.