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EDM8008 Inquiring through the Humanities

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Inquiring through Humanities
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 079999 - Education not elsewhere classi
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Karen Peel


Pre-requisite: EDM5001 and EDM8006


The Australian Curriculum requires F-6 students to engage in the subject of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) through inquiry pedagogy. In the Masters of Learning and Teaching program, pre-service educators in this course are required to develop an understanding of the key ideas in relation to each sub-strand (History; Geography; Civics and Citizenship; and Economics and Business) by engaging in pedagogical strategies that articulate the interrelated strands (knowledge and understanding; inquiry and skills). This course builds on the foundation of previously studied courses in this program to develop informed, active citizens committed to shaping sustainable futures – a goal that is as relevant to future teachers as it is to school students.


Investigating inquiry pedagogy, as the signature pedagogy associated with the Humanities and Social Sciences, is the focus of this course, both in theory and in practice. Pre-service educators in this course will develop an understanding of the sub-strands of Humanities and Social Sciences (History; Geography; Civics and Citizenship; and Economics and Business) that draw on students' growing experience of community and the wider world. Pre-service educators will also integrate the Australian curriculum Cross-Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities to embed them when designing from this curriculum. To reflect on their teaching of the Humanities and Social Sciences, educators in this course will identify and contribute to professional learning networks in order to improve practice.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. The knowledge of curriculum and the ability to design curriculum and critically analyse content and inquiry pedagogy, as the signature pedagogy of History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business (Quiz 1; Quiz 2; Assignment) (Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3)
  2. The use of research and professional judgement to select and plan appropriate learning programs designed from the Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum to meet challenging learning goals (Assignment) (APST 1.4, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 6.2, 7.4)
  3. The ability to work independently and engage in professional learning by reflecting on the knowledge of teaching, learning and assessment in order to improve practice. (Quiz 1; Quiz 2; Assignment) (APST 6.4)
  4. The ability to interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas in relation to inquiry pedagogical approaches to teaching the Humanities and Social Sciences to audiences within professional teaching networks and communities to broaden professional knowledge and practice (Assignment) (APST 7.4)
  5. Expert cognitive, literacy and communication skills, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (all assessment).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Humanities and Social Sciences in the Australian Curriculum 20.00
2. Inquiry pedagogy for Humanities and Social Sciences 20.00
3. Planning for teaching and learning Humanities and Social Sciences sub-strands (History, Geography, Civics and Citizenship, and Economics and Business) 25.00
4. Integrating the Cross Curriculum Priorities and General Capabilities for learning into the Humanities and Social Sciences 10.00
5. Critical reflection on practice: Teaching, learning and assessment within the Humanities and Social Sciences 20.00
6. Professional Educator. 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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Pendergast, D & Main, K 2019, Teaching primary years: rethinking curriculum, pedagogy and assessment, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest, New South Wales.

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.
Reynolds, R 2014, Teaching history, geography and SOSE in the primary school, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
Gilbert, R. (2016). Humanities and social sciences in the Australian curriculum. In R. Gilbert, & B. Hoepper (Eds.), Teaching humanities and social sciences: history, geography, economics and citizenship in the Australian curriculum (6th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic.: Cengage Learning Australia.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
QUIZ 1 20 20 01 Apr 2019
QUIZ 2 20 20 13 May 2019
ASSIGNMENT 60 60 29 May 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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 for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  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 items for the course.

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

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  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. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students 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. This guide can be found at

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Master of Learning and Teaching and is benchmarked against the [choose one or all of the following]
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST), Queensland College of Teachers (QCT) and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).