EDEC29002 - Connecting Children to the World through Humanities and Social Science Curriculum

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Identity development and the formation of active informed citizens are fundamental goals for the education of all young Australians. These goals are reflected in curriculum documents and frameworks that guide the teaching practice of early childhood teachers in education and care settings and in the early years of formal schooling. In this unit, you will interpret and compare curriculum documents for the ways in which views of children and their connections to the world are constructed. You will review contemporary literature to evaluate and recommend pedagogies that support continuity of learning and transitions to formal schooling for young children and their engagement with the concepts, substance and structure of the Australian Curriculum for Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS). You will create and justify practical resources for teaching HASS from Foundation to Year 2 by constructing an annotated bibliography of books, artefacts, people and places that present opportunities for developing children’s literacy and numeracy capabilities at the same time as they acquire knowledge and understanding of content from the Geography and History strands of the curriculum. Your annotated bibliography will be compiled as a pedagogical resource that includes teaching strategies and learning activities for using the resources in early years classrooms to support the inclusive participation, engagement of, and respect for learners from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, including children who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Critical Review 50%
2. Annotated bibliography 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Term 3 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 62.50% response rate.

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Compare curriculum documents to identify similarities and differences in approaches to identity formation and building young children’s agency and understanding of the world
  2. Research and recommend pedagogical approaches that support the transitions of young children to formal schooling and their inclusive participation and engagement in learning the concepts, substance and structure of the Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum
  3. Evaluate the approach adopted in contemporary curriculum frameworks to addressing the educational goals for young Australians and supporting improved educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families
  4. Select resources and design teaching strategies and activities for learning in the Humanities and Social Sciences that promote literacy and numeracy development and learners’ sense of identity, agency, responsibility and understanding of their interconnections with the world
  5. Justify approaches to resource selection, teaching and learning that support inclusive participation and engagement for all children and promote respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples cultures, histories and languages.

Learning outcomes and assessment in this unit provide opportunities for students to engage with content and practices in the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Stage) focus areas of:

1.1 Physical social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.4 understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians

2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies

3.3 Use teaching strategies

4.1 Support student participation

4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Critical Review
2 - Annotated bibliography
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8