Primary Humanities Education

Subject EDUC90373 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Sep-2015
Assessment Period End 30-Oct-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 21-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours: 6 x 1 hour lecture and 6 x 2 hour workshops
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours


Admission to the Master of Teaching (Primary)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject aims to build teacher candidates’ capacities for teaching in Primary Humanities. Teacher candidates will be introduced to the Humanities as a broad, complex and dynamic field concerned with people as social beings who interact with one another and with natural and social environments through time. They will explore social and environmental issues that school students need to understand to participate in the world as informed citizens in socially just and sustainable ways. Through the experience of an excursion to a site linked to school students’ Humanities learning, teacher candidates will further consider how the Humanities can be linked with other curriculum areas in contexts outside the school classroom.

Emphasis will also be placed on effective teaching and learning practices in the Humanities, with a particular emphasis on inquiry, problem solving and decision making strategies. Teacher candidates will apply their understanding of these processes in a critical inquiry project on an issue of interest for Humanities teaching.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • become familiar with some of the contemporary themes and debates within Humanities as they relate to the primary school setting;
  • demonstrate knowledge of the Humanities learning area in the VELS and personally evaluate this;
  • be able to identify the ways in which Humanities can be integrated across the curriculum in primary schools;
  • begin to critically analyse their own values, attitudes and beliefs especially about issues of social and ecological concern;
  • demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours they intend to teach in the Humanities;
  • have applied a critical inquiry to classroom practice.

There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • A report based on an inquiry project (or negotiated equivalent) of 1000 words. Due mid semester, 50%
  • Inquiry project of 1000 words (or equivalent), incorporating an excursion venue expo and inquiry-based unit of work. Due end of semester, 50%

Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Collection of readings.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, teacher candidates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to:

  • Be skilled communicators who can effectively articulate and justify their practices as knowledgeable agents of changes.
  • Be flexible and able to adapt to change through knowing how to learn;
  • Understand the significance of developing their practice on the basis of research evidence;
  • Work in teams with skills in cooperation, communication and negotiation;
  • Be independent of mind, responsible, resilient, self-regulating;
  • Have a conscious personal and social values base.

Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)

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