General Description

This one-day course offers a practical guide for teachers on how to engage students in Society and Culture. It has particular relevance for those new to the subject and provides ideas, inspiration and resources that can easily be applied in the classroom. Participants gain insights into the syllabus as well as programming ideas, teaching strategies and a format for the PIP. The course also offers opportunities for collegial discussion and sharing of ideas and strategies for effective classroom practice. Teachers attending will have access to a range of resources which provide ongoing inspiration for your students.



Teachers new to Society and Culture and/or wanting to develop resources/skills.


Teaching Standards

6.4.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Apply professional learning and improve student learning:   Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs,

6.3.2 Proficient Level - Engage in Professional Learning - Engage with colleagues and improve practice:  Contribute to collegial discussions and apply constructive feedback from colleagues to improve professional knowledge and practice,

3.3.2 Proficient Level - Plan for and implement Effective Teaching and Learning - Use teaching strategies:  Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking,

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area:  Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities


Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing “Teaching Society and Culture - a beginner's guide” before 4th February 2022 under NESA’s interim arrangements will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and assessment of NSW curriculum addressing standard descriptors  6.4.2,   6.3.2,  3.3.2,  2.1.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


Via Zoom

This course will run via Zoom.  You will be sent the details of how to join this PD the day before the course runs.


Session 1 - Introduction and Preliminary strategies

2 hours

• Introduction of trainer/presenter and course overview and objectives.

• About Society and Culture: Syllabus & Programming – reality in your classroom

• The Preliminary Course – Strategies, Classwork & Assessment

HSC strategies and the PIP

1 hour and 30 minutes

• The HSC Course – Strategies, Class work & Assessment.

• ‘The PIP’

Quality teaching

1 hour and 30 minutes

• The Quality Teaching Framework and developing students skills in responding in SaC

• Group Discussion

• Future Directions

What To Bring

A copy of the syllabus is useful


Neil Kusi-Appuah

Neil has degrees in (Science) Psychology and Economics, a Diploma of Education and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. He is currently Head Teacher Social Science at Five Islands Secondary College and works as a Masters of Education HSIE methods lecturer for Wollongong University. He has extensive experience as a HSC marker in Business Studies and Society and Culture as well as serving as SOM and Senior Marker in Legal Studies, was a member of the Legal Studies syllabus writing team, runs HSC student lectures teacher seminars and has authored Preliminary and HSC texts.