Introduction to Specialist Studies

10 Units

This course provides an introduction to curriculum studies as a field of scholarly inquiry and professional practice. The course explores conceptual frameworks for understanding curriculum discourse and design. During this course students will learn to place curricula in their spatial and socio-historical contexts. It will introduce students to lesson planning formats, and assist them to begin building a pedagogical repertoire relevant to the requirements and demands of the mandatory curriculum of their major teaching specialisation. Special attention will be given to the curriculum continuum (particularly the links between Stage 3 and 4) for each specialisation.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. understand the multiple discourses that inform curriculum theory and design;
  2. understand the institutionalised processes of curriculum development in Australia and critically examine an educational issue/tension;
  3. understand the central concepts, modes of inquiry, content structures, teaching strategies, assessment and syllabus requirements (State and National) of the mandatory curriculum of their major disciplinary specialisation;
  4. understand the socially, geographically, and historically situated nature of curriculum; and
  5. Gain knowledge, understanding and skills to design challenging, engaging and supportive lessons, lesson sequences and resources.

Within the series of shared lectures the focus will be upon:

  • Conceptual frameworks for understanding curriculum discourse and design.

  • Historical models of, and future possibilities for, curriculum as policy and practice.

  • Issues and trends in curriculum studies.

  • An overview of the statutory and regulatory bodies involved in, and the process of, curriculum development in Australia.

  • The relationship between curriculum and pedagogy.

Within specialist lectures and tutorials the focus will be upon:

  • The New South Wales (NSW) K-12 Continuum as it manifests within specific disciplinary specialisations.

  • The central concepts, modes of inquiry, content structures and requirements of the Mandatory curriculum (typically Stage 4, or Stage 4 and 5) of the relevant disciplinary specialisation in NSW.

  • Comparative analysis of the mandatory components of the NSW curriculum document for a specialty area with mandatory components of the syllabi from other states, territories or nations.

  • The design of challenging, engaging and supportive lesson sequences.

  • Principles for gathering and analysing resources for teaching their disciplinary specialisation in schools.

Replacing Course(s) EDUC2005 Teaching and Learning in Design & Technology 1 EDUC2014 Teaching and Learning in English 1 EDUC2019 Teaching and Learning in Mathematics 1 EDUC2022 Teaching and Learning in Music 1 EDUC2025 Teaching and Learning in PDHPE 1 EDUC2033 Teaching and Learning in Science 1 EDUC2044 Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts 1
Transition Students who have not successfully completed a course that EDUC2101 is replacing, will complete EDUC2101 instead of their original course.
Assumed Knowledge Nil.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 : Research Essay 40%
  • Other: (please specify) - Assignment 2 : Teaching or lesson evaluation task 20%
  • Projects - Assignment 3 : Lesson or resource building task 40%
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC2101
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