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Humanities and Social Sciences Education Major


Focuses on teaching processes, content and skills that will equip students to teach social science subjects.

Students aiming to fill specialist social sciences teaching roles in senior secondary (Years 11 and 12) can elect to specialise in Ancient and Modern History, Politics or Economics. Emphasis is given to inquiry-based practical work, demonstrations, independent and co-operative group learning, whole class discussions, and use of information communication technology to ensure effective teaching and learning practices in secondary Humanities and Social Sciences. Units in this program address key social science understandings and provide the content knowledge, skills and values needed to address the demands and opportunities of Humanities and Social Sciences in secondary schools.




Mount Lawley


South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts to create positive learning environments in social science.
  2. Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly in both written and oral formats.
  3. Critically reflect using accredited standards, mentor feedback and the ECA Code of Ethics to demonstrate responsibility and accountability and plan for continued collaborative and autonomous professional learning and development.
  4. Demonstrate broad and coherent knowledge of social science and the Australian curriculum and teaching strategies for social science teaching in secondary education.
  5. Demonstrate leadership, exercise professional judgement and collaborate to plan, problem solve and make decisions in social science.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgement to plan and implement social science programs for a range of students with diverse abilities and needs, and assess the outcomes.
  7. Review analyse and synthesise knowledge of teaching strategies to plan for the content of social science teaching.


Students are required to complete 10 Content units and 2 Curriculum units. Content units educate students in the subject area and Curriculum units explain how to teach the subject area to others.

Content Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
GEO1150Geography and Environment: People, Pattern, Process15
ECF1110Economics I15
POL1104Foundations of Politics and Government15
CUR4210Curriculum Enrichment for the Major Secondary Specialisation15
Plus 1 unit from:
HIS1105 ^World History15
HIS1106 ^Themes in Australian History15
Plus 5 units from:
ACS2122 ^Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment15
GEO3123 ^Physical Geography: Landforms and Landscapes15
HIS3101 ^Human Rights: Struggles for Global Justice15
HIS3102 ^War and Peace in the 20th Century15
HIS3103 ^Drugs, Alcohol and Empire15
HIS3104 ^Revolutionary Europe 1789-187115
HIS3105 ^Criminal Underworlds: Crime and Society Since 180015
HIS3106 ^The World's Most Dangerous Places: Politics and History through Documentary15
HIS3124 ^The History and Sociology of Genocide15
HIS3127 ^Ancient Greece and Rome15
POL2103 ^Terrorism15
POL2130 ^Themes in Global Politics15
POL3106 ^Public Policy: Shaping Nations15
POL3109 ^China: The Rise of a Global Power15
POL3110 ^Global Politics and the Environment15
POL3124 ^Hitler and Stalin: Studies in Power, Ideology and Propaganda15
POL2127 ^Australian Government15
POL3133 ^Visionaries, Warmongers and Protesters: American Political History Through Film (1950-1975)15
Curriculum Units
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
HSS2130Teaching and Learning in Humanities and Social Sciences15
HSS2230Planning for Senior Secondary Humanities and Social Sciences15

^ Core Option

Employment Opportunities

Graduates will be eligible to seek employment in both government and non-government secondary schools teaching Humanities and Social Sciences.

Possible future job titles

Secondary Social Science Teacher

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