Course Title: Humanities 2: Global Citizenship & Sustainability

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Humanities 2: Global Citizenship & Sustainability

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Eloise Thomson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6656

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.02.08

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on issues relating to Global Citizenship and Sustainability. It introduces students to concepts and pedagogical approaches relevant to the teaching of the Humanities in primary school contexts. In particular, this course focuses on predominately geographic, sustainability and global citizenship perspectives.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:

  • Become familiar and engage with concepts and pedagogical approaches relevant to the teaching of the Humanities.
  • Deepen their knowledge about significant Australian natural resources and their processes.
  • Deepen knowledge about people’s impact on the Australian Environment, and on approaches to sustainable management.
  • Deepen knowledge about global citizenship issues.
  • Reflect on the nature of geography, sustainability studies, economics and civics and citizenship theory and the implications of these for the learning and teaching of Humanities subjects.
  • Reflect on developing professional understanding of Humanities teaching and learning principles and practices.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Design and deliver curriculum materials that could be used to support learning and teaching of Humanities in the primary school, and that are informed by a variety of pedagogical approaches, theories and policies.
  • Apply analytic skills to primary and secondary sources to support learning and teaching in the Humanities.
  • Convey personal knowledge about selected areas of Humanities knowledge.
  • Discuss and be familiar with relevant Victorian, Australian and International policy documents and frameworks related to Humanities learning and teaching.
  • Articulate and actualise an emerging Humanities teaching philosophy.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:

  • Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable to the classroom.
  • Understandings of how to use ICT in the classroom to facilitate learning, in particular critical skills such as information skills, analysis, problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Abilities to provide opportunities for students to be engaged in ICT-enriched activities that are essentially self-regulating and co-operative.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:

  • Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
  • Teachers know the content that they teach.
  • Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
  • Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, field work, workshops, mapping, groupwork, community improvement plan, environmental management plan, excursions, micro teaching, discussion, reading of academic texts and articles, curriculum design and materials incorporating web based teaching and learning resources.

Overview of Learning Resources

See part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.