UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

EDUC5466 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum I

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit provides students with an overview of the humanities and social science learning area in Western Australia. Students work with a range of school based, state based and national curriculum resources to develop the knowledge and competencies needed to devise lesson plans, create programs and develop a variety of learning strategies. Students explore a range of resources and instructional methods and develop and apply appropriate assessment practices. Contemporary issues related to the support of student literacy and numeracy, the use of ICT, values education, global education, and their implication to the teaching of humanities and social sciences are also explored.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate an awareness of the developmental needs and interests of adolescent learners in humanities and social sciences (HASS); (2) demonstrate knowledge of theories of teaching and learning and an awareness of the relationship to current practices, policies and theories in education; (3) show a range of teaching and learning strategies relevant to the secondary HASS curriculum; (4) demonstrate knowledge of contemporary HASS curriculum structures and legislation; (5) develop and evaluate creative student-centred HASS lesson plans and programs for effective and engaging learning; (6) demonstrate knowledge and implementation of teaching for literacy and numeracy in HASS; (7) evaluate and use a range of instructional resources for secondary HASS, including information and communication technology (ICT) and other educational technologies, to support and enhance learning; (8) understand assessment processes in HASS through planning assessment tasks for a range of purposes; (9) demonstrate an awareness of diverse student learning needs through the planning of differentiated learning and the selection of differentiated resources; (10) communicate effectively and professionally in writing, orally and non-verbally with peers, university staff and other professionals; (11) demonstrate high standards of professional conduct, including self-management when engaging with peers, school and university staff and other professionals; (12) work individually and collaboratively to improve practice through critical reflection, professional learning and the use of research; and (13) demonstrate the application of efficient research skills and use of ICT.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) lesson plans; (2) learning program; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite standard(s) for the lesson plans, learning program, and participation components of the unit, as specified in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Loretta Dolan
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in one of the following: Graduate Diploma in Education; Master of Teaching (Secondary); Master of Science Communication and Education
Advisable prior study: four units in one of the social science subjects taught in schools such as economics, geography, history, politics or law, with at least two units at Level 2
Contact hours 30 contact hours (150 hours total time commitment). Further information is available in the unit outline
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.education.uwa.edu.au/Units/EDUC5466/SEM-1/2017

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