Inquiry in the Humanities Classroom - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (40%) , Assignment 2 - Lesson Plans (60%)

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2017 Fees
Domestic 793.00
HECS 793.00
International 1,043.00

This unit will explore the key content and teaching strategies of the humanities. This will include an investigation of the Australian Curriculum learning areas of History and Geography, Economics and Business, and Civics and Citizenship for the primary school years. It will examine approaches to teaching, learning and assessment suited to the humanities, and how this subject integrates with other learning areas.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the humanities
  2. implement strategies and develop resources suitable for school students to improve engagement and learning about the humanities
  3. plan instruction based on an inquiry approach to learning
  4. appraise the importance of values and civics within the humanities.
  • Assignment 1 — Report (40%)
  • Assignment 2 — Lesson Plans (60%)

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You don't have to enrol in this unit if you have completed EDP315 Society and Environment Education as they are considered equivalents.

  • Additional materials — Textbook

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1What are the humanities?
2The humanities and Inquiry Learning
3Teaching history: The Australian Curriculum
4Skills and content in Primary School History
5Teaching Geography: The Australian Curriculum
6Skills and content in Primary School Geography
7Assessment in the Humanities
8Use of ICT in the Humanities
9Civics and Citizenship in the humanities
10Preparation of lesson plans in class for peer review
11Global and Resources education (Economics and Business)
12Integrating humanities, unit evaluation

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Teaching Humanities & Social Science In The Primary School

    By:Ruth Reynolds

    ISBN: 9780195527933


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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