EDF5036 - Arts, design and health education in the primary years - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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




Dr Rosie Welch (Berwick)

Ms Kelly Carabott (Clayton)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Summer semester A 2017 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit involves the planning and implementation of a range of integrated learning experiences for children, including a focus on integrating the arts, design and health across the curriculum. The unit draws on creative and critical pedagogies to nurture student creativity and ability to respond to issues of social justice through arts, design and health and physical education. It addresses two themes: the first explores creativity and the arts and the second examines health and wellbeing. In theme one, a range of pedagogical approaches to teaching and learning in the arts and design are canvassed and current theoretical perspectives in the arts are examined. Students develop their competencies in a range of art forms, such as visual art, music, dance, drama, media and literature, and in doing so gain an understanding of the content, processes and skills as they relate to children's development and learning in the arts and design. In theme two, students gain understandings in the health and wellbeing of people, places and communities locally and globally and critically examine theoretical perspectives related to health and wellbeing. Students develop competencies in the content, processes and skills of health and wellbeing and physical education using cross-disciplinary approaches.


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

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary issues and curriculum in arts, design, health and physical education within Australia and internationally
  2. plan and implement learning experiences that focus on the arts, design, health and physical education which cater for children of diverse backgrounds and abilities and draw on a range of effective and inclusive teaching strategies
  3. develop units of work that include a focus on integrating the arts, design, health and physical education across the curriculum including connections between literacies and information and communication technologies
  4. explore and develop their own skills and pedagogical practices in the arts, design, health and physical education
  5. identify, evaluate and interpret a range of relevant curriculum documents and resources for teaching the arts, design, health and physical education
  6. apply a variety of assessment approaches in the arts, design, health and physical education.


Practice-based project (2000 words, 50%)

Curriculum resource (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • equivalent to 24 hours engagement in online, face-to-face or blended platforms
  2. Additional requirements (all students)
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per semester

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