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EDS4408 Secondary Humanities Curriculum and Pedagogy

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Secondary Humanity Curriculum
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070105 - Teacher Education: Secondary
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Tonia Chalk


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or MOLT (Secondary)
Pre-requisite: BEDU Only - ESP2200
Co-requisite: MOLT Only - EDM5000


Teacher professional accreditation demands that secondary teaching graduates have a strong professional knowledge of discipline-specific curriculum and pedagogical studies within their chosen teaching areas. Although there are some common pedagogical approaches across clusters of disciplines, there are also distinctive practices within specific disciplines. This course enables pre-service educators to develop specific knowledges and pedagogical understandings within the Humanities discipline.


The course begins with pre-service educators exploring specific structures and knowledges related to their teaching area. Building on this, they will then actively construct their own pedagogical practice and develop professional expertise in delivering discipline specific teaching for learning. The purpose of this course is to move beyond generic approaches of teaching for learning to provide a deep understanding of how to teach in specific Humanities discipline. This course provides the opportunity for pre-service educators to learn how the Humanities content, pedagogy and curriculum fit and work together to provide effective learning opportunities.


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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of content selection and a wide range of teaching strategies in the Humanities discipline to identify misconceptions
  2. demonstrate an ability to identify discipline skills, attitudes, values, and code of conduct in the Humanities discipline
  3. demonstrate differentiate teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities in the Humanities discipline
  4. demonstrate the ability to select, create and use relevant resources (including ICTs) in the Humanities discipline
  5. demonstrate an understanding of providing feedback, assessment and reporting on student achievement and apply well-developed judgement to student work in the Humanities discipline
  6. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in the Humanities discipline
  7. demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of maintaining student safety and compliance with legislative requirements in a range of contexts relevant for the Humanities discipline
  8. engage with colleagues, professional teaching networks and broader communities to improve student learning in the Humanities discipline
  9. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Know the content and how to teach it 15.00
2. Plan for effective teaching for learning beyond the traditional classroom 20.00
3. Assess, provide feedback and report on student learning 20.00
4. Engage in professional learning and engage professionally with colleagues, parents/carers and the community 20.00
5. Ability to identify discipline skills, attitudes, values and misconceptions 20.00
6. Professional educator. 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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Students will be required to access appropriate curriculum documents which can be downloaded from or or purchased from

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.
Geographical Education (Recent volumes available online)

Queensland Geographer (Several past volumes freely available online. Full access provided to members of the Geography Teachers Association of Queensland).

The Australian Journal of Indigenous Education (Full text access via USQ library website)

Teaching Sociology (Full text access via USQ library website).

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 50 50 26 Aug 2019
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 16 Oct 2019

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    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.

    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.

  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.