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Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to the learning area. What are artefacts and why are they relevant?
    • Inquiry learning
    • Geography
    • Geography: sustainability
    • Planning and assessing a Humanities project
    • Integrated curriculum planning
    • Using community resources: class excursions
    • History
    • Working towards Civics and Civilisation in the early year
    • Developing a socially just classroom
    • Global Education
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media

At the completion of this subject 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.
  • Assignment 1 - Presentation (10%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay (40%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report (50%)

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 subject

Entry Requirements

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

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject 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 subject 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.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

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