Humanities in Primary Education

    Unit code: ETP5006 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Online Real Time
    Victoria University Online


    Preservice teachers develop an understanding of curriculum and pedagogy required for the teaching of the primary humanities curriculum. They investigate, analyse and evaluate a range of approaches to the teaching of humanities to enable them to design and implement teaching and learning strategies that promote knowledge and skills required by students for life-long learning, social development and active and informed citizenship. Preservice teachers develop their teaching practice in the areas of History, Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship together with cross curriculum priorities relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait cultures and engagement with the Asian-Pacific region. They develop knowledge, capacities and multiliteracy skills appropriate to twenty-first century learning and teaching contexts.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Exhibit an understanding of curriculum and pedagogy, and assessment and reporting requirements to successfully teach the primary school humanities curriculum;
    2. Implement elements of the curriculum design in order to create learning programs appropriate for diverse learners, student needs and abilities;
    3. Evaluate and design humanities learning activities which include the use of technology, acknowledge globalisation and sustainability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives;
    4. Analyse the principles and practices of curriculum and pedagogy that are effective in humanities teaching; and
    5. Evaluate and implement a range of approaches to teaching humanities in primary school settings.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 15%
    Teaching the Humanities in the Primary Years
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 50%
    Humanities Inquiry Overview
    Assessment type: ICT (Wiki, Web sites)
    Grade: 35%
    Design a webfolio evaluating a range of pedagogical approaches and teaching resources to teaching Humanities in primary school settings.

    Required reading

    Teaching humanities and social science in primary school
    Reynolds, R. 2018| Oxford University Press, Oxford

    As part of a course

    This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

    Search for units, majors & minors