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EDX2190 Australian History and Geography: Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 3, 2015 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood

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Examiner: Jacinta Maxwell
Moderator: Yvonne Salton


This course introduces students to significant curriculum and pedagogical issues that characterise History and Geography as separate disciplines within the Australian Curriculum taught in Queensland schools. Students will develop professional knowledge, understandings and skills of relevance to the curriculum area and engage in critical and reflective analyses of its major perspectives, approaches and orientations.


This course engages students in a comprehensive, critical and evaluative analysis of key curriculum documents and pedagogical approaches to the teaching and learning of History and Geography in contemporary classroom settings. It will be conducted through a variety of workshops, discussions and related activities, independent inquiry, individual and small-group consultations and participation in 'interactive workshops'. All sessions are designed to further elaborate, consolidate and extend understanding through social-constructivist learning experiences. The course is web supplemented and has a web-site which includes an electronic noticeboard and forum. Students are required to engage independently with historical and geographical content as the focus is on the teaching of the key learning areas.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. develop, through readings and discussions, an understanding of the conceptualisation, role and significance of history and geography within the Australian F - 10 curriculum and other national and international educational contexts as appropriate (Assignment 1; Professional Standards 1.2, 1.4, 2.1)
  2. critique and critically reflect upon official curriculum documents and supporting resources/materials for the teaching, learning and assessing/reporting of history and geography (Assignment 1; Professional Standards 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
  3. develop the skills and expertise for designing quality planning, teaching, learning and assessment/reporting of history and geography that is meaningful, value-based, challenging and active for students in F - 10 (Assignment 2; Professional Standards 1.3, 2.2, 2.3, 4.2)
  4. design appropriate learning experiences and outcomes for students in history and geography (Assignment 2; Professional Standards 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.2)
  5. demonstrate understanding and application of historical and geographical inquiry (Assignments 2 and 3; Professional Standards 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 4.2)
  6. demonstrate appropriate levels of literacy in the engagement of course activities, discussion, and assessment tasks. (Assignments 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Reflecting upon and delineating core professional knowledge, skills, competencies and values for beginning teachers
  1. Introduction: what are the key purposes, expectations and requirements of this course?
  2. What key professional knowledge and understandings have you developed in other courses and how can these be demonstrated effectively?
  3. What role does history and geography play in the primary, middle and junior secondary years and what are its key conceptual bases?
2. Professional and curricular standards
  1. What are the key purposes, knowledge, skills and values in history and geography curriculum documents and supporting materials?
  2. How is learning in history and geography linked to the knowledge and skills learnt in other areas such as economics and business; and civics and citizenship?
3. Professional and curricular issues
  1. What are the key curricular and pedagogical issues in history and geography, and what perspectives are held in relation to these issues?
4. Presenting and positioning professional knowledge and experience
  1. What are the key characteristics of the content strand descriptors comprising the Australian curriculum: history and geography F - 10?
5. Demonstrating and reflecting on teaching and learning sequences 60.00
6. Reflection and review 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Taylor, T, Fahey, C, Kriewaldt, J & Boon, D 2012, Place and time: explorations in teaching geography and history, Pearson, Australia.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 25 25 07 Dec 2015
ASSIGNMENT 2 25 25 07 Jan 2016
ASSIGNMENT 3 50 50 02 Feb 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    On-campus: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.