Teaching the Humanities

EDU40011 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 24 hours Face to face Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23


EDU10004 Theories of Teaching and Learning

Aims and objectives

This unit focuses on preparing pre-service teachers to plan, teach and assess the Humanities and Social Science learning areas of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship and Economics and Business within in the primary classroom. Pre-service teachers will gain knowledge of the principles, practices and curriculum content and key concepts of teaching Humanities and Social Sciences. Contemporary issues when teaching Humanities will also be considered. An emphasis will be placed on the use of ICT to support Humanities teaching and learning.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Teach, plan and assess key Humanities and Social Science (history, geography, civics and citizenship, and economics and business) concepts and curriculum content appropriate for primary school environments.
2. Analyse pedagogical approaches in teaching and learning of Humanities in the Primary classroom, including collaborative planning, and single subject and cross-disciplinary approaches.
3. Evaluate and generate learning experiences (including informal humanities learning) that reflect relevant National and/or State or Territory curriculum documentation and reflect contemporary inquiry pedagogical approaches.
4. Evaluate digital humanities resources with a focus on student engagement.
5. Evaluate a range of assessment and reporting strategies and record keeping instruments within the Humanities and Social Sciences in terms of their purpose, benefits, limitations and implementation constraints.
6. Reflect upon how the broader theoretical and societal context impacts upon the teaching of Humanities