Faculty of Education

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Dr Deana Leahy



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5142).


This unit enables pre-service education students to build strong historical, philosophical, curriculum and pedagogical foundations in the field of school-based health education. Through an examination of national and international education and health policies and relevant research literature, students critically analyse how policy imperatives shape both contemporary curriculum and pedagogical priorities in health education. Drawing on literature and research studies, students critically explore how curriculum and pedagogical imperatives are enacted in diverse educational and professional contexts. Working collaboratively and independently, students review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise their knowledge and skills as they work towards advancing their capacities in this field.


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

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the historical, philosophical, curriculum and pedagogical foundations of health education
  2. analyse relevant research and competing policy discourses associated with different disciplinary perspectives on health education
  3. demonstrate and apply knowledge and understanding to curriculum and lesson planning
  4. enact and adjust as appropriate a variety of teaching strategies and practices that meet the needs of a diverse range of student learners, in a variety of settings and curriculum contexts
  5. critically evaluate different health education programs and models that seek to influence young people's health
  6. engage in critical explorations into public health authorities' practices and policies and apply this knowledge through various forms of research.


Curriculum research development project (2000 words, 50%)
Health education portfolio (2000 words, 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 remaining hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


A minor sequence covering the areas of health, human development, family and nutrition.