Knowing, Teaching & Learning History

10 Units

This course explores the principles and practices of teaching and learning History in the High School. It will address course and assessment requirements as determined by the NSW Board of Studies, and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the requirements of their own jurisdictions if studying outside New South Wales or Australia. The course has a strong focus on lesson planning and programming for 7-10 History and 11-12 Modern History; and particular attention will be given to strategies, technologies and resources for teaching and assessing History; and current issues and trends related to the teaching of History in schools.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)

This course provides students with the opportunity to:

1) Demonstrate knowledge of a range of pedagogical approaches for teaching History. 2) Design programs, construct assessment tasks, and develop lesson plans (including appropriate teaching strategies and technologies, and differentiated learning activities and resources) based on the requirements of the official 7-10 History and 11-12 Modern History syllabi. 3) Implement lesson sequences, assessment activities, and other requirements during a period of supervised professional experience. 4) Articulate the curriculum philosophies underpinning their selection of pedagogical practices.


The following list indicates indicative course content:

  • The competing purposes of History education and their alignment with specific curriculum philosophies and pedagogical practices.

  • The principles and practices of teaching and learning History

  • Models of pedagogy and strategies for teaching and assessing History (including inquiry approaches to learning).

  • Course and assessment requirements of 7-10 History and 11-12 Modern History (as determined by the NSW Board of Studies and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority).

  • Differentiating resources and instruction to meet the diverse needs of learners in the History classroom.

  • Technologies and resources for teaching and learning History.

  • The relationship between HSIE, numeracy and literacy.

  • The place of secondary HSIE in the continuum of learning in K-12, including a particular understanding of the links between Stage 3 and Stage 4.

  • Years 7-10 History Syllabus and Stage 6 Modern History Syllabus including aim, objectives, outcomes, content, course requirements and key terms

  • Board of Studies assessment requirements for the School Certificate and Higher School Certificate for History
  • Issues in Australia‚Äôs social, political and cultural history and international relationships
  • Concepts involved in civics and citizenship and Aboriginal history and culture
Replacing Course(s) NA
Transition NA
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge NA
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Integrated Learning
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Practicum/Placement - This course has a pass/fail professional experience requirement. Qualified secondary HSIE or SOSE teachers with current teaching experience may seek recognition of prior learning (RPL) and receive exemption for this component. All other participants seeking to qualify as a secondary History specialist must complete the 20-days of professional experience. You will be deemed to have passed this component of the course when the University receives a Professional Experience report that provides evidence that you have successful completed 20-days of supervised professional experience in a secondary school History setting (ie. that you have made at least satisfactory progress towards achieving the NSW Professional Teaching Standards at Graduate competence level). Please contact the course coordinator if unsure about how this requirement applies to you.
  • Projects - Planning, programming, assessment, and resource building tasks based on the 7-10 History syllabus, and justified with reference to curriculum philosophies.
  • Projects - Planning, programming, assessment, and resource building tasks based on the 11-12 Modern History syllabus, developed in response to the analysis of student work samples.
Contact Hours
  • Practicum: for 120 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6225

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