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EDF2203 - Curriculum studies: primary studies of society and environment

6 points, SCA Band 0, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Education

Leader: Dr J Edwards (Peninsula) and Ms N Albon (Gippsland)


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)


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.

Contact hours

3 hrs per week