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Teaching Social Sciences

Code: 102042 ECTS Credits: 5
Degree Type Year Semester
2500798 Primary Education OB 3 2
The proposed teaching and assessment methodology that appear in the guide may be subject to changes as a result of the restrictions to face-to-face class attendance imposed by the health authorities.


Gustavo Gonzalez Valencia

Use of Languages

Principal working language:
catalan (cat)
Some groups entirely in English:
Some groups entirely in Catalan:
Some groups entirely in Spanish:


Juan Llusa Serra
Maria Roser Canals Cabau
Carles Anguera Cerarols


It's recommended to have passed the second year subject: Teaching and learning from natural and social sciences in primary education.


Objectives and Contextualisation

Analyze the main concepts of social sciences and the problems teachers of social sciences in primary education have to face.


Analyze and assess critically didactic materials of the social science subject in primary education.


Design a teaching unit to work in the Social Sciences classroom.


  • Act with ethical responsibility and respect for fundamental rights and duties, diversity and democratic values.
  • Develop and evaluate contents of the curriculum by means of appropriate didactic resources and promote the corresponding skills in pupils.
  • Foster democratic education of the population and the practice of critical social thought.
  • Foster reading and critical analysis of the texts in different scientific fields and cultural contents in the school curriculum.
  • Integrate the study of history and geography from an instructive and cultural perspective.
  • Maintain a respectful attitude to the natural, social and cultural environment to foster values, behaviours and practices that attend to gender equality, equity and respect for human rights.
  • Reflect on classroom experiences in order to innovate and improve teaching work. Acquire skills and habits for autonomous and cooperative learning and promote it among pupils.
  • Understand and appreciate the relevance of public and private institutions for peaceful coexistence among peoples.
  • Understanding the basic principles of the social sciences.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Carrying out educational proposals with participatory teaching and learning methodologies in order to develop social and critical thinking.
  2. Design teaching and learning activities around knowledge related with history and geography and other social sciences from an integrated perspective.
  3. Develop a competent approach based on properly relating the contents of the area of knowledge of the natural, social and cultural environment with their contributions to corresponding skills, and to critically select relevant teaching materials and resources.
  4. Identify examples from the classroom to assess the role of public and private institutions in promoting peaceful coexistence among peoples.
  5. Recognising the relevant social problems and their perspective, i.e. identifying various interpretations and their purposes, and projecting the problems and opportunities over time based on the past, present and future.
  6. Selecting and analysing real cases in order to teach environmental, social and economic sustainability, and to defend human rights and gender equality.
  7. Using social knowledge to create teaching and learning situations.
  8. Using teaching models for working with temporality and building the geographical space in the classroom in order to create innovative didactic initiatives.
  9. Weigh up the impact of any long- or short-term difficulty, harm or discrimination that could be caused to certain persons or groups by the actions or projects.


    1. Social, historical and geographical knowledge in the classroom

    1. Didactical models for the construction of the geographical space in the classroom.
    2. Didactical models to work temporality in the classroom.
    3. Teaching and learning perspective from the social and relevan problems.


2. The process of teaching and learning social sciences

          2.1 Teaching units in the social sciences teaching and learning.

          2.2 Methodologies and strategies for the social sciences teaching and learning.

          2.3 Resources, didactical materials and TIC in the teaching of social sciences.



This subject has been planned by considering this:

-    There will be teacher exposition to introduce the contents and the main goals of the subject

-    There will be debates and discussions in reduced groups in order to analyze and elaborate assessments, studies and / or problem solving.

-    Cooperative learning by the students to understand the contents and topics worked in the master classes

-    Visit to a natural and / or urban space and / or cultural facilities to work the didactic resources of the social and cultural environment


Annotation: Within the schedule set by the centre or degree programme, 15 minutes of one class will be reserved for students to evaluate their lecturers and their courses or modules through questionnaires.


Title Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
Type: Directed      
Field work - outdoor visit and study of the social and cultural knowledge. (big group) 7 0.28 2, 1, 7, 8
Teacher masterclasses about the contents and main questions of the subject. They are taken with all the group class. The main contents are given with open participation. (big group) 25 1 4, 5, 6
Work groups supervised by the teacher. In reduced groups contents are work through the analysis and creation of curricular materials, problem solving, field activities and other activities. (small group) 6 0.24 3, 5, 6
Type: Supervised      
Revision, supervision and evaluation of the work done through the subject (readings, writings, case studies, work field, materials design, presentation...) 25 1 3, 5, 7, 8
Type: Autonomous      
Reading and innovative experiences analysis, reports, activities design and problem solving. 62 2.48 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 6, 7, 8


-    Class attendance is compulsory: students must attend a minimum of 80%, otherwise it will be considered as "not attended".

-    To have a positive final mark, activities 1 and 2 must be passed.

-    In the last session a learning folder must be delivered with all the evaluation activities and an index.

-    Total and partial plagiarism in on of the evaluation activities, or copying in an evaluation will fail the subject directly.

-    To pass the subject, the students must show in the activities proposed, a good communicative  skill (oral and written), and a good use of the language (catalan or english)

-    Dates evaluation activities: Teaching unit report and Oral presentations during two last course weeks

-    Remedial activities is only by the elaboration of an evaluative and justification report of a didactic unit. Dates: 22nd June group 21, June 23rd groups 41 and 71 and July 1st group 31.




Assessment Activities

Title Weighting Hours ECTS Learning Outcomes
1. Design, assessment and presentation of a teaching unit for the teaching, learning and evaluating social sciences. Group activity 35% 0 0 3, 4, 5, 6
2. Writing of an assessing and justifying report of a teaching unit. Individual activity. 35% 0 0 2, 1, 7, 8
3. Learning reflection. Invidual activity 15% 0 0 3, 4, 2, 1, 5, 7, 8, 9
4. Outdoor visit: didactical design of a proposal, participation and attendance. Group activity. 15% 0 0 3, 1



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