Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Fida Sanjakdar


This unit focuses on issues related to educational curricula. Students will use multiple perspectives gained through studying a range of theoretical literature which they will be able to use to critically navigate through various contemporary issues regarding the curriculum. The implications for the curriculum will concurrently involve pedagogy in relation to educative experiences. Unit learning and assessment tasks will require students to draw on the knowledge and understanding they have already developed about teaching and learning and extend these with a more theoretical understanding of education. Not all teaching and learning are educative and so students will learn the nature of criteria which can be drawn upon to make this distinction. This unit will incorporate a five day professional experience placement in a secondary school setting where students will usually work in 'buddy' pairs with another student.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. understand the philosophical, political, cultural, intellectual and creative dimensions of educators' work
  2. relate theories of education regarding the curriculum to critically engage with issues of education practices
  3. examine a range of issues and dilemmas for educators in contemporary contexts
  4. explore educative approaches to designing curricula that engage a diverse range of learners in order to create experiences which are specifically educative
  5. develop an awareness of the operation of schools and the culture of classrooms including the various dimensions, dynamics and perspectives within and beyond classrooms in different contexts which affect the curriculum and professionalism of educators
  6. be aware of the complexities of political interests and how these relate to the identity of educators as professionals.


For students who commenced the course prior to 2014: 5 days


Minor assessment task (1600 words equivalent, 40%)
Written assignment (2400 words, 60%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • 9 hours of independent study per week