Human Society and its Environment K-6 (EDMT5534)


Human Society and its Environment (HSIE) is a vital Key Learning Area in the primary curriculum. The knowledge, understandings, skills and values inherent in HSIE K-6 provide opportunities for the primary learner to explore cultures and social systems and structures as well as the disciplines of history and geography. This unit of study is strongly aligned with the NSW Institute of Teachers National Professional Standards for Teachers and provides an overview of the NSW Board of Studies HSIE K-6 syllabus documents and the new Australian curriculum. You will learn about the central concepts, modes of enquiry and structure of HSIE and consider research-based pedagogies for teaching HSIE in a primary classroom.

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1x1-hr lecture/wk for 12wks, 1x1-hr tutorial/wk for 12 wks


2000wd portfolio assignment (50%) and 2000wd group task (50%).

Faculty/department permission required?


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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.