Civics and Citizenship Education

Course code EDUC4806
Available in 2016
2016 Course Timetables


This course is intended to enable students to develop and extend understandings of the links between education and citizenship. During the course students investigate the contrasting notions of citizenship operating through curriculum materials. Particular attention will be given to values of education and/or conceptions of active citizenship and how these can be implemented in primary schools.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the key principles and practices associated with Australian civic knowledge;

2. Articulate the different conceptions of civics and citizenship education as manifested in terms like civics, citizenship education, active citizenship, global citizenship and to consider the practical application of these various conceptions;

3. Locate, critique and review values and/or citizenship educational resources and programs;

4. Articulate how to differentiate the curriculum to cater for varying levels of civics and active citizenship expertise in primary school.


This course will address:

  • Field trip to visit various institutions and personnel of value for an advanced understanding of civic life in Australia.
  • Research and discussion focusing on issues in citizenship education (including, but not limited to, issues such as social justice, Human Rights education, global education, values education, and/or peace education).
  • Critical review of current citizenship programs and approaches.
  • Classroom application of citizenship education.

Assessment Items

Presentation: A1 - Civics & Citizenship Presentation

Written Assignment: Mini Essays

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Field Study: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend the field study on dates indicated in the course outline

Contact Hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 24 hour(s) per Term


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term

Lectures may include weekly or intensive face-to-face seminar, or online discussion, or other individual or group activity while on field study excursions, as determined by the course coordinator.