Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EHUM009: Semi Specialist Humanities (Primary)

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The module will focus on extending the breadth and depth of your understanding of humanities education in several directions, in order that you can develop children’s humanities learning in a number of ways. These include enabling you to:

  • understand how children learn in history and geography;
  • help develop a critical, reflective and creative approach to teaching  history and geography that fosters

 children’s natural sense of awe and wonder for their world, their identities and what it means to be human

  • appreciate the wider role of the humanities, in relation to cultural diversity, sustainability and cross-curricular links;
  • use research to develop a continuing view of effective history and geography teaching;
  • understand the role of assessment in the teaching of history and geography;
  • develop your role as an inspirational teacher of primary humanities
  • understand and prepare for assuming the role of curriculum leader for history/geography in due course;

Each of these strands is developed throughout the module. Peer learning and teaching is a feature of the module both by sharing strengths within the humanities specialist group and by providing support for fellow non-specialist students.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. identify and evaluate educational concepts and issues related to the teaching of humanities; and engage in critical debate about current educational issues in the teaching of humanities drawing on evidence from theory, research and practice;
2. recognise pupils’ learning needs in humanities and interpret these learning needs in order to plan, teach, assess and evaluate lessons and schemes of work;
3. demonstrate confident academic and pedagogic subject knowledge to teach humanities in Key Stage 1 and 2, including a sophisticated understanding of the role of the humanities in out of school learning contexts, such as fieldwork and museums;
4. demonstrate secure understanding of the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for History and Geography;
Discipline-Specific Skills5. critically evaluate the relevance of educational theory to practice;
6. synthesise relevant educational literature in support of an argument;
7. use appropriate technologies for data handling and writing in education;
8. present data and findings in a form appropriate in educational studies;
9. use research data in support of an argument in education;
Personal and Key Skills10. manage your own learning development;
11. learn effectively and be aware of your own learning strategies;
12. express ideas and opinions, with confidence and clarity, to a variety of audiences for a variety of purposes;
13. work productively in different kinds of teams (formal, informal, project based, committee based etc); and
14. think creatively about the main features of a given problem and develop strategies for its resolution.