EDUC 1015 - Preparation for the Study of Humanities

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

This course will introduce students to the Humanities, a broad and diverse area of study, enabling them to focus on an inquiry that most interests them. Beginning by exploring what the Humanities consists of, the course will then focus on various disciplines within the Humanities, including Indigenous Studies, English, Media, Languages, Philosophy, and Cultural Studies. Students will engage with issues and debates that typify academic studies in these areas, and reflect on their own identities and societal positions as well as critiquing and analysing media texts that pervade popular culture.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 1015
    Course Preparation for the Study of Humanities
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Restrictions Available to University Preparatory Program or Wirltu Yarlu Preparatory Program students only
    Assessment Class participation 15%, Essay plan (2-3 pages) 20%, Major essay (1500 words) 40%, Primary Analysis Blog (500 words) 25%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Amy Robinson

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of thid vourse students will be able to:
    1 Identify a range of disciplines within the Humanities and participate in some discipline-specific discussions.
    2 Discuss various theories and concepts from Humanities and apply them to specific examples from cultural life.
    3 Identify particular issues in cultural products such as identity, representation and aesthetics.
    4 Reflect on their own life experiences and position in society and apply some of the concepts from this course to themselves.
    5 Work collaboratively and in groups more comfortably and confidently than before.
    6 Work individually at an undergraduate level more comfortably and confidently than before.
    7 Discuss culture in an academic setting with reference to specific cultural products.
    8 Communicate both verbally and in written form.
    9 Critically analyse cultural products such as literature, film, music, and visual art more effectively than previously.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 7, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3, 4, 7, 9
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    This course will use MyUni extensively, both for the provision of materials (readings, lecture recordings) as well as for the submission of assignments and collaborative activities such as group work and discussion boards.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course will follow the standard lecture/tutorial mode of delivery, where lectures provide detailed information from an expert lecturer, while tutorials provide the opportunity for intense interactive expereicneswhere students share and build knowledge together, facilitated by the tutor.

    No information currently available.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic
    1 Introduction

    Ancient Greece:
    Stories and Theatre

    3 Ancient Greece:
    The Everyday
    4 Ancient Rome:
    Origins and beyong
    5 Ancient Rome: Pompeii
    6 Art History and Curatorship
    7 No lessons due to public holiday
    8 The Middle Ages: Europe and El Cid
    9 Literature
    10 Literature
    11 Media and Cinema Studies
    12 Archaeology
    13 Course Close: Humanities, Social Sciences and beyond! 

    For specific topics covered in each week, please refer to the course Canvas page. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    In-Class Tests (ongoing participation) Formative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Historical Enquiry Journal Formative 5% 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
    Minor Essay: Image Source Analysis Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Major Essay Summative 45% 3, 6, 7, 8, 9
    End of Semester Test Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
    For assessment details, please see the assessment tab in the course Canvas page. 
    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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