Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences in the Primary Years - 2017

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Unit summary

MTP504

  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (50%) , Report (50%)

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2017 Fees
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Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit prepares pre-service teachers to teach Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) in Primary schools through the areas of History, Geography, Economics and Business and Civics and Citizenship. It explores the history and development of the learning area, inquiry approaches to teaching, learning and assessment and integration of HASS in the primary school years.

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

  1. establish critical and reflective practice based on local, national and international research
  2. apply discipline knowledge, principles and concepts to plan for the delivery and evaluation of teaching and learning experiences that will impact on student learning in Primary HASS
  3. integrate knowledge of the needs of students from diverse backgrounds and across the full range of abilities to develop differentiated teaching and learning experiences that support and challenge all students in Primary HASS
  4. appraise a range of resources, including technologies, and make appropriate selections to inform HASS teaching programs
  5. research Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures and explain ways in which they are incorporated into the HASS learning area.
  • Essay (50%)
  • Report (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

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.

NumberTopic
1Introduction to the unit, Components of the HASS learning area in the Primary School context
2Planning for learning: Teaching Inquiry in the HASS classroom
3Unpacking the curriculum: History, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education
4Unpacking the curriculum: Geography and sustainable development
5Unpacking the curriculum: Civics and Citizenship (including values in HASS)
6Unpacking the curriculum: Economics and Business
7Teaching and Learning Strategies: thinking and concept building
8Teaching and Learning Strategies: lesson planning
9Assessment in the Humanities - Formative
10Assessment in the Humanities - Summative
11Integrating HASS in the Primary School
12Global Education: Technologies in the Humanities
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • E-Portfolios
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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