Course Title: Social Education Method A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Education Method A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: John Bold

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7806

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.12

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Major study in one of the following: Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, History, Indigenous Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Sociology

Course Description

This is a methods course that focuses on preparing students to teach Humanities in secondary schools. Both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching/learning Humanities will be addressed. Students will be introduced to a variety of ideas, techniques and skills that will enable them to evaluate the effectiveness of different teaching/learning strategies. This course will focus on the planning of classroom and curriculum materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist you to:

• Plan and implement Humanities based curriculum.
• Effectively communicate Humanities concepts to learners in an engaging and meaningful way.
• Develop an awareness of teaching resources available to assist their teaching practice.
• Develop a wide variety of teaching skills to facilitate effective student engagement and learning in Humanities.
• Critically reflect on their practice.
• Use curriculum documents and relevant resources to design a course of study and plan classroom activities and materials in Humanities.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

• Design meaningful classroom Humanities based units appropriate for secondary school.
• Critically reflect on their professional practice.
• Effectively communicate Humanities concepts.
• Use a range of teaching strategies that engage and extend students’ learning in Humanities.
• Assess the effectiveness of their teaching.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, you will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom.
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

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 they teach.
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Readings on key concepts related to teaching generally and content of each lesson will be will be supplied by the lecturer throughout the program.

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).