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,
Sem 1 2023


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Rucelle Hughes

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 7808

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

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 across early childhood and primary school settings.  

You will cover the learning areas of primary school humanities curriculum – civics & citizenship, economics and business, geography and history. 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 humanities pedagogical content and practices and ways to apply this understanding to learning and teaching practices. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

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

  • Enhance student learning and wellbeing by adopting practices that support sustainable futures and principles of inclusion, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Support students to develop the skills needed to become collaborative, problem-solving, creative learners with agency, and innovative and engaged members of society.
  • Adopt and apply sustainable, ethical, and collaborative pedagogical approaches to transform education in local and global social contexts. 

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

    Graduate APST 
1.  Explain significant geographic, historical, economic and civics and citizenship content knowledge to inform your teaching in the Humanities  2.1, 3.4 
2.  Include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in your teaching of the humanities  2.4 
3.  Describe and apply elements of the inquiry learning process  2.1, 3.2 
4.  Apply your knowledge of appropriate teaching strategies in the Humanities to the design of engaging learning experiences for learners  3.3 


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will be primarily self-directed and online. There will be a range of materials, individual tasks, online activities, and resources to engage with. There will be opportunities for face-to-face/ online meetings during the course to check in with the course coordinator around progress, content knowledge and completion of assessment tasks. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes (CLO) and on your development against the program learning outcomes. The assessment is also mapped against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).  

Assessment Tasks 

  Title  Weighting  CLOs  APSTs 
AT1   Culture, concepts, and content in the Humanities 50%  1, 2  2.1, 2.4
AT 2  "Top Secret" Humanities Adventure 50%  1, 2, 3, 4  2.1, 4.2, 3.3


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 Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.