EMH419 Curriculum Studies: Primary HASS (8)

This subject prepares students to teach in the Key Learning Area of primary Human Society and Its Environment. The subject aims to give students an understanding of the relevant syllabus documents and the rationale for teaching HSIE, wider research skills, an understanding of the inquiry process, and knowledge and understanding of practical approaches for teaching HSIE in the classroom.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EMH419. 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 Teacher Education

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed EMH205.
Students will have completed EEB435 or EEB505 or IKC101 or IKC200 prior to completing this subject.

Assumed Knowledge

EEB435 or EEB505 or IKC101 or IKC200.

Subject Relationships

EMH205 Shares similar content
EMH502 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to plan learning experiences that comply with the requirements 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 embed cross-curriculum priorities and general capabilities in HSIE learning sequences.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) 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
  • Place-based learning in HSIE
  • Developing ethical understandings and values education
  • Civics, Citizenship and Human Rights Education (values underpinning democratic and multicultural societies)
  • Comparative study of religion
  • Interdisciplinary HSIE, including Economics and Business Studies
  • Cross-Curriculum priorities, (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, languages and Language Groups, Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia, and Sustainability)
  • Inquiry-based learning in HSIE
  • Planning and Assessment for the diverse primary classroom
  • Focus on backward design
  • General Capabilities in Humanities and Social Sciences (including Literacy and Numeracy in HSIE)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EMH419 in Session 3 2020. 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
Site study

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.