EDUC5501 Integrated Studies: The Humanities and Social Sciences

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Students analyse key features of the Humanities and Social Sciences learning area—a broad, interdisciplinary study which focuses on the interactions of individuals and communities with social and natural environments over time. The unit's emphasis is on understanding and developing effective teaching and learning practices (including inquiry and problem solving), competence in planning and implementing quality teaching and learning programs, selecting relevant resources, designing appropriate assessment tasks and implementing both disciplinary and integrated approaches to Humanities and Social Sciences education in early childhood and primary school settings. Students develop content knowledge of a range of Humanities and Social Science subjects areas: history, geography, civics and citizenship, and economics and business.
Students are able to (1) use relevant curriculum documents and resources to develop integrated learning programs with a focus on humanities and the social sciences; (2) demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how to embed literacy strategies within the learning area; (3) develop skills to evaluate, use and create resources for teaching and learning including information and communication technology (ICT) and other educational technologies; (4) demonstrate an understanding of a range of approaches to assessment relevant to the learning area; and (5) acquire a broad understanding of how to ensure the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives are evident when planning units of work in humanities and social sciences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lesson planning; (2) planning document; and (3) digital resource. 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 requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the lesson planning, planning document, and digital resource components.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gemma Scarparolo
Contact hours
total workload: 150 hours; contact hours: 30 hours. Further information is available in the unit outline.
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.