Faculty of Education

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.




Dr Niranjan Casinader (Berwick); Ms Jennifer Miles (Peninsula)



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit introduces students to social education, the broad field of learning that includes disciplines in the humanities and social sciences as well as learning encompassed in the Australian Curriculum general capabilities (through personal, social and intercultural learning) and the cross-curriculum priority areas (sustainability, engagement with Asia, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives). Students explore how humanities, social sciences and social education are represented in national and local curriculum and how they are taught in various ways in primary and secondary schools, including through the subjects geography, history, civics and citizenship, economics and business or through theme-based or integrated learning, a common approach in primary schools. Students also develop knowledge and understanding of various theories and pedagogies involved in teaching these learning areas. They learn and develop the skills of lesson planning and implementation of curriculum in these learning areas through disciplinary and interdisciplinary integrated studies and inquiry methodology.


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

  1. develop appropriate strategies and techniques for teaching social education
  2. develop classroom practice that engages school students in active and inquiry-based learning, so they may participate in and understand their local communities, region and the world
  3. implement techniques and use a variety of resources to develop school students' literacy and information and communication technology (ICT) skills through the medium of social education
  4. devise, adapt, interpret and use courses, units and varied learning resources to enhance classroom practices and student learning
  5. make connections between social education and education for diversity in the study, application and promotion of social justice and equity
  6. demonstrate an understanding of contemporary trends in social education curriculum in Victoria, Australia and internationally
  7. reflect critically on the development of their own learning and teaching skills.


Choosing and using resources in social education (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Designing a unit of work in social education (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study