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LocationDomesticInternational
Coffs HarbourSession 1,2Session 1,2
Gold CoastSession 1,2Session 1,2
LismoreSession 1,2Session 1,2
OnlineSession 1,2N/A

Unit description

Stimulate students' thinking about key educational questions of why, what and how we educate, with a particular focus on critical thinking and reflection. Students will consider these questions as an introduction to some of the foundations of the applied discipline of education. The unit examines the ways historical, political and practical understandings of education apply in the Australian context in order to challenge preconceived notions of schooling and education. The unit content establishes a framework for students to build their own perspectives of the nature and purpose of education.

Unit content

Module 1: Studying education

  • Understanding education
  • Purpose of education
  • History of education
  • Politics of education
  • Theories of education

Module 2: Being an educator

  • Australian education
  • Immersion experience
  • Wellbeing and relationships
  • Recognition and participation
  • Thinking critically about education

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues.Ethical practice
2demonstrate ability to reflect on and critique educational theories and practices.Ethical practiceCultural competence
3demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse education practices.CreativityEthical practiceCultural competence
4demonstrate an ability to reflect on personal assumptions and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education.Creativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of foundational educational concepts, contexts and issues.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
  2. demonstrate ability to reflect on and critique educational theories and practices.
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. demonstrate an ability to identify and analyse education practices.
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. demonstrate an ability to reflect on personal assumptions and beliefs about the nature and purpose of education.
    • GA2: Creativity

Prescribed texts

  • Readings, (available on learning site)..

  • Readings, (available on learning site)..
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report30%
Reflective writing50%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report30%
Reflective writing50%

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report30%
Reflective writing50%

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (10 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report30%
Reflective writing50%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees

International

Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.

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