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

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Dr Joanne Burke



  • First semester 2016 (Day)
  • First semester 2016 (Online)


This unit emphasises the nature of the curriculum as it is enacted in the classroom and its connection to whole-school, community practices and global concerns including philosophical, moral and political dimensions. The implications of connecting the curriculum in order to address a variety of concerns relate to the professionalism of the educator, their pedagogy and assessment practices. In association with the practicum, students are required to critically evaluate, apply and imagine curriculum ideas that enable teachers to teach in educative settings. The unit draws on contemporary curriculum developments internationally and in Australia including: nationalising the curriculum, who actually controls the curriculum, making the curriculum educative, curriculum integration and community-based curriculum.


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

  1. develop a critical perspective on historical and contemporary curriculum ideas
  2. understand the notion of an educative curriculum and critique the notion of the disciplines and inter-disciplinary studies
  3. understand the implications of the philosophical and political dimensions of the curriculum and how these impact pedagogical and assessment practices
  4. apply these understandings by constructing a robust critique of a current curriculum practice.


Written assignment 1 (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Written assignment 2 (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 contact hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours over the semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Enrolment in pre-service teacher education course