2017 HASS SA Conference for Humanities and Social Sciences teachers F-12, including pre-service - 25-26 February 2017

  • Australian Curriculum: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship
  • General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities
  • United Nations 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The conference will be held on Saturday 25 February 2017 at Amy Wheaton Building, UniSA, St Bernards Road, Magill and there will be excursions at various locations on Sunday 26 February 2017.

We suggest you download the program, select your workshops from 29 on offer, choose an optional Sunday excursion, then register at https://hasssa2017conference.eventbrite.com.au.

Should you have a colleague or family member or two who'd like to attend a Sunday event, you can add them to your registration.

Conference costs:


$130 for teachers

$100 for < 3 yrs early career teachers,

$40 for pre-service teachers

plus cost of optional excursions and registration fee

Choose Sunday activities:

•              Garden of Sophie Thomson, ABC Gardening presenter $25

•              Warriparinga art and culture $25

•              Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary at St Kilda (free)

•              Beaumont House $12

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Conference workshop support materials

C10 Designing Fair and Accessible Assessment Tasks ppt (1.1Mb)

C10 Checklist for designing assessment tasks





2016 HASS SA Conference for Humanities and Social Science teachers R-12, including pre-service

  • Australian Curriculum: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship
  • General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities
  • UN Year of Pulses and UN Year of Camelids 

The conference was held on Saturday 27 February 2016 at Magill Campus (Amy Wheaton Building), University of SA, St Bernards Road, Magill, with activities at various locations on Sunday 28 February 2016

Below, please find resources provided by a range of presenters with codes, eg A3 indicating which session they relate to. You can view the conference program to identify sessions.

A1 Years R-2 History and the General Capabilities 2.5Mb ppt

A2 Quality assessment design in HASS 500kb ppt

A3 What are pulses 22Mb ppt very useful adaptable information and pedagogy for R-10 about pulses, including nutrition and Australian exports to the Middle East, India and surrounding countries in particular.

A4 Reading camels with Rosanne Hawke 4Mb pdf Images of camels, cameleers and community in contexts in Afghanistan, Australian History, teaching ideas and links to Australian Curriculum

A5, C6 Civics & Citizenship Concepts and Resources 5Mb ppt very useful overview

A5 Voting in the classroom 2.2Mb ppt

B3 Education for Sustainability 6Mb ppt lots of useful ideas - notes are accessible that add additional info.

B6 Civics and Citizenship and Geography 3.3Mb pdf

B8 Citizenship Walk for Water 4.8Mb pdf

B9 Food security in the 21st Century - using 21st Century fluencies 2.2Mb pdf





logo for UN Year of Pulses

2016 UN Year of Camelids








2015 HASS SA Conference for Humanities and Social Science teachers R-12, including pre-service

  • Australian Curriculum: History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship
  • General Capabilities and Cross Curriculum Priorities
  • UN Year of Soil

The conference was held on Saturday 28 February 2015.

Download the 2015 Conference Program to adapt ideas for teaching and find out contact details for presenters. Scroll down to access support materials provided by presenters.

Below are 'One Step at a Time' keynote speakers, author Jane Jolly (left) and Sally Heinrich (on elephant)

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2015 Conference Support Materials

A2 Years R-7

What are our stories and how do they connect to the stories of others?

Claire Wood, Primary Australian Curriculum Implementation Officer Claire.Wood@sa.gov.au and Thomas Harvey, Deputy Principal at Hampstead Primary School developed an integrated HASS unit. See their powerpoint link below.

What are our stories and how do they compare to the stories of others? (pdf ppt 5.2Mb)


A7 Years R-12

Standing on the shoulders of giants

Katie Silva, teacher-librarian, Wilderness School and HASS SA President. So… you’re familiar with the curriculum you’ll teach, you’ve thought through your pedagogy, context, planning and resources. So you can survive and thrive, we’ll identify some giants (networks, associations, resources and mentors) and make some connections. Not all giants are friendly, so we’ll set some heffalump traps too.


Katie's PowerPoint presentation (3.8Mb ppt)

Katie's Bibliography (95kb word doc)


A9 Years 8-10

Global citizens for the 21st century?

Dr Andrew Peterson and Deborah Green, UniSA

Global citizens for the 21st century (Ppt 711kb)


B2 Years R-12

Using ICT to integrate HASS and English

Paul Huebl - English has always been a natural integration subject with the humanities. This workshop will showcase some ways in which ICT can facilitate this in innovative and engaging ways. Using examples from the Australian Curriculum, participants will be exposed to some proven examples of how technology can enhance learning in both disciplines. Both 1:1 and shared device environments will be catered for.

Participants should join the Edmodo group at https://edmo.do/j/aivwqv 



Paul’s slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/paulhuebl/2015-hass-sa-conference-45208881


C5Years 4-12

History on Film

Ash Starkey has provided the following links:

The First Anzac Day

The trailer on YouTube


Places of worship to visit

Consider visits to various places of worship in the Adelaide metropolitan area. The download has details for places visited by teachers at our conference in 2015. Previous visits have included the Hindu Temple at Marion and the Mosque off Torrens Road, Woodville North, organised through the Muslim Women's Assoc. of SA.


NRM (Natural Resources Management) Education

NRM works with (pre)schools that are signed up to the AuSSI-SA program, so if you like to work with NRM Ed on your journey toward sustainability, you can sign up (it only takes 3 minutes) at:


A resource to help choose the right composting method for you, that would be great to take along to a staff meeting or use as an inquiry with students can be found on the 'Waste' page of the NRM Education website, along with videos of children explaining how to set up your worm farm and some great case studies:


From the NRM loan library, you can hire out excellent books on composting, or anything else you are interested in for that matter; gardens, birds, climate change, water conservation and more, see:


Wipe Out Waste has a huge number of resources on waste management, nude food / litterless lunch programs, a free DIY waste audit and lots more at:


Sam Ryan
NRM Education Officer (Southern)
Mon, Tues, Thurs
Natural Resources Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges 
M 0423 172 376
Hosted by City of Marion
245 Sturt Rd, Sturt SA 5047

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2014 International Year of Family Farming

The International Year of Family Farming 2014 is an initiative promoted by the World Rural Forum and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organizations. This worldwide celebration, declared by the United Nations General Assembly, aims to become a tool to stimulate active policies for sustainable development of agricultural systems based farmer families, communal units, indigenous groups, cooperatives and fishing families.

All this work is being made from the perspective of effectively combating poverty and hunger and the search for a rural development based on the respect for environment and biodiversity.


2014 United Nations International Year of Small Island Developing States

The International Year of Small Island Developing States aims to raise recognition of environmental problems that small island states are facing.

According to the UN Herald, the Pacific region is endangered by environmental influences and that is why Pacific island states need support and assistance. Countries like Australia, France and United States aim to promote the prevention of forced migration on the basis of environmental impact. Events and activities that promote the year are dedicated to work towards securing small island states and preventing forced emigration from them.


UN Year of Water and/or Quinoa presentations from 2013 conference available for download

Keynote presentations

Freshwater Cooperation - Jennifer McKay (4.2Mb ppt)

Quinoa - Sprout Cooking (3.2Mb ppt)

Workshop presentations

Analysis of History Sources - Janet Farrall (7.3Mb ppt)

Analysis of History Sources handout - Janet Farrall

Words about Water - Katie Silva (312Kb ppt)

Words about Water - Bibliography

SASOSE award winning university students' units of work

GPS Tracking v Right to Privacy - Karina Darling

Multiculturalism in Australia - Kirsty Karapas

Refugees - Benjamin Ryan

Refugees and Asylum Seekers - Tennyson Jaensch (6.1Mb Word)


Keynote 2017


Malcolm McInerney - The place of HASS in curriculum, time to argue our case!

When talking about critical and creative thinking, ‘real world’ application and future ‘usefulness ’of a learning area, the HASS learning area is often undervalued in schools.

HASS subjects provide a framework for students to critically and creatively assess possible, probable and preferred futures for themselves and the world in which they live.

Malcolm McInerney has been involved in the HASS learning area for many years as a classroom teacher and leader in a range of roles, with DECD, universities and state and national professional associations.