Course Title: Teaching the Humanities

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Teaching the Humanities

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Fiona King

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6642

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will build upon and develop your knowledge, concepts and skills as well as pedagogical approaches relevant to teaching of the Humanities. You will focus on the study of geography, which is the study of physical and human environments from a spatial perspective. You will also consider the curriculum dimensions of civics and citizenship and economics and business. You will also deepen your knowledge of Australian history and a selection of significant people and events that have enacted shaped Australian culture.  You will explore the history and culture of indigenous peoples in Australia Islanders and discuss the place of Indigenous cultures, aspirations and achievements in Australia.  You will reflect on the nature of historical knowledge and the implications of this for the learning and teaching of humanities. You will reflect on the nature of humanities pedagogical content and practices and ways to apply this understanding to classroom practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education
  • Critically analyse and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment across a range of disciplines, reflecting a graduate level of proficiency in teaching
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to promote education for a sustainable future and to support diversity in all its forms

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:


AITSL Standards

Outline significant geographic, historical, economic and civics and citizenship content knowledge to inform your teaching in the Humanities


Include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in your teaching of the humanities


Describe and apply elements of the inquiry learning process


Apply your knowledge of appropriate teaching strategies in the Humanities to the design of engaging learning experiences for learners



Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current educational literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice.

AT1   Humanities Inquiry unit (50%)

Design a humanities unit of work CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4

AT2  Planning Field Trips - virtual and real 50% Develop a virtual or real field trip that will enhance students’ engaging in the Humanities CLO1, CLO4

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: