EDF5177 - Social education in the secondary years A - 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.




Associate Professor Elizabeth Tudball

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5178).


This unit prepares students to become effective and knowledgeable social education teachers. Students learn to critically explore different approaches to teaching social education in Years 7 to 12. The unit involves an examination of various strategies, resources, activities and forms of assessment for teaching different areas of the social education curriculum, including civics and citizenship, history, geography, politics, international studies, sociology, cultural studies, studies of Asia, and sustainability, that are taught in diverse ways in schools. Students also critically examine relevant state and national curriculum documents.


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

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of contemporary trends in, and approaches to, social education teaching in Australia
  2. identify, evaluate and use different resources for teaching social education
  3. effectively plan and teach social education lessons across different year levels and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  4. develop units of work that meet the requirements of curriculum for Years 7 to 10 and the post-compulsory Years 11 and 12
  5. understand and implement effective assessment programs for Years 7 to 12 social education and for students of diverse backgrounds and abilities
  6. design social education lessons that integrate information and communication technologies
  7. design social education lessons that facilitate critical thinking, research, numeracy and literacy skills.


Lesson planning and annotated bibliography of teaching resources (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Exploring the principles of learning and teaching (POLT) in social education (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

  1. Contact hours for on-campus students:
    • 3 contact hours per week including 1 hour lecture
  2. Additional requirements
    • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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


A minor sequence in a social science area, e.g. anthropology, cultural studies, economics, environmental studies, geography, history, legal studies, philosophy, politics, sociology, together with a two-unit sequence in another of these areas of study.