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ECS472 - History and Humanities: Curriculum Study B


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Final year of offer 2020

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Kerri Garrard
Cohort rule:






Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week
1 x 1-hour self-directed engagement with cloud seminar resources

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning the equivalent of 3-hours per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery

Final offering T2 2020, students to instead take EHI702 (see student central for further advice).


This unit is designed to equip students to effectively and competently teach Humanities education at the senior secondary/post compulsory level. The national/VCE studies are History, Geography, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy and International Politics. This unit will examine the structure of national senior secondary /VCE/post compulsory curriculum through a focus on the content and approaches outlined in each of the studies. The areas covered include teaching at post compulsory level, teaching strategies, curriculum design, assessment practices and requirements and regulations of teaching Humanities at the senior secondary level. Students will be expected to design teaching to embed higher order skills of critical thinking, problem solving, evaluation, synthesis and understanding specific discipline based skills and pedagogies. Students are expected to work with assessment tasks, SACs and back mapping to show competencies in assessment.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Develop a broad and coherent understanding of effective pedagogical approaches, contemporary theories of teaching and assessment and how these relate to the Humanities at VCE and post-compulsory levels

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Consider contemporary pedagogical models to make judgments about the appropriateness of teaching, learning and assessment strategies

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Select and use a range of digital resources and tools to support students in locating, analysing, evaluating and processing information

GLO3: Digital literacy


Use cognitive, creative and technical skills to develop effective pedagogies and assessment tasks which scaffold students' conceptual understanding and critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving


Work collaboratively with peers to explore, analyse and construct a range of learning experiences aligned with the curriculum

GLO7: Teamwork


Demonstrate the ability to work autonomously and reflect on individual development as a Humanities teacher

GLO5: Problem solving

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Preparation of a Unit 1 or 2 VCE School-assessed Coursework (SAC) task with Rubric and Report 2400 words or equivalent 60% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Design of a Unit 3-4 Revision Sequence using Backward Design approach and Report

1600 words or equivalent


40% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECS472
Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.

Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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