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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Julie Edwards (Peninsula)


This unit provides an introduction to the key concepts, teaching and evaluative methods involved in the Studies of Society and Environment curriculum in the primary years of schooling. The unit considers the way in which social, cultural and political meanings are constructed and transmitted within our society and the ways in which learning technologies have impacted on and shaped these meanings. Students will examine a variety of learning environments and instructional material, including inquiry learning, to develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes associated with the Studies of Society and Environment key learning areas.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should:

  • be aware of the need for and value of Studies of Society & Environment in children's learning in the primary school;
  • be familiar with current policies, directions and documents in this key area (for example, SOSE Curriculum Standards Framework);
  • understand how the social science disciplines inform the SOSE key learning area; be able to identify Studies of Society & Environment concepts, generalisations, skills, values and attitudes;
  • understand a variety of appropriate learning models that can be applied using a range of learning technologies in a variety of social and environmental contexts; and
  • become familiar with assessment and evaluation techniques for ascertaining students' learning needs and strengths.


Minor assessment (1600 words): 40%
Major assessment [including examination] (2400 words): 60%
Hurdle requirement: 80% for workshop components.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Julie Edwards

Contact hours

3 hrs per week