Early Learning Through the Humanities - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Presentation (10%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit is designed to investigate the knowledge, skills and understandings young children need as they connect with their world and continue to grow as active and contributing citizens. An inquiry learning approach underpins the development of an integrated teaching plan and collaborative inquiry from the learning areas of history and geography, including sustainability. The unit examines pedagogical approaches, theoretical perspectives and research which assist students to plan and implement teaching and learning programs to support children (birth - 8years) as they build their sense of belonging and citizenship in the family and community. Students will explore how children's culture, heritage, and traditions can be valued within a a variety of learning contexts.

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

  1. identify and evaluate key content and concepts from the humanities field of study including civics and citizenship, history and geography as relevant to young children birth – 8 years
  2. appraise pedagogical approaches for humanities learning in a variety of early childhood contexts
  3. develop teaching and assessing skills which promote young children’s learning as they develop skills of hypothesising, investigating and problem solving through the humanities
  4. devise an integrated program of learning experiences for young children to support their understanding of their world through history, geography, civics and citizenship
  5. demonstrate increased information literacy and digital fluency to support evidence-based and research-informed teaching practice.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Report (50%)

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.

  • Additional materials
  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Provide email address

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.

1Inquiry based learnings
2Asking the right question
3History Inquiry: culture
4History Inquiry: family and children
5Geography Inquiry: Aboriginal perspectives
6Geography Inquiry
7Developing Citizens: considering cultural
8Developing Citizens
9Document and Observing
10Using community resources - class excursions and incursions
11Integrated Planning - developing a socially just classroom
12Integrated Teaching

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

This unit is a core requirement 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.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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