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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Niranjan Casinader (Berwick); Dr Nathan Brubaker (Peninsula, Online)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester 2016 (Online)


This unit examines how school students can learn to understand the world through history, economics, geography and citizenship education using single-disciplinary, multi-disciplinary and integrated lenses on the world. This includes understandings of the range of cultural experiences within both Australian and global communities. Students engage with theoretical, philosophical, pedagogical viewpoints and assessment strategies that address issues related to themes within the Australian Curriculum and related state curriculum frameworks, including Indigenous Australia, environmental sustainability, and Asia and the world. The unit develops understanding of how educators can embrace diversity and teach how natural and human events shape our societies and places within them.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand how students learn and develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the humanities and social sciences
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the comparative concepts, structure of content and diversity of teaching strategies
  3. plan lesson sequences in the humanities and social sciences, using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies, and a range of resources
  4. demonstrate the capacity to monitor, assess and interpret student learning in ways that acknowledge and engage with diversity using a variety of assessment methods, and modify teaching practices appropriately
  5. develop understanding of democratic practice and equity within communities
  6. show sociocultural awareness and positive views of students from diverse backgrounds
  7. understand the ways in which different perspectives and cross-cultural understandings influence and shape communities and schools
  8. understand the range of cultural experiences within Australian and global communities and the ways in which many cultures have changed the nature of Australian society.


Seminar presentation (2000 words, 50%)
Curriculum research assignment (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms

(b.) Contact hours for off-campus students:

  • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online or blended platforms

(c.) Additional requirements (all students)

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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