The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to education as theory, practice, and field of study. It provides students with an opportunity to understand the various discourses and disciplines that inform teachers' knowledge and pedagogical practice. It introduces students to the understanding of teaching as a profession, and critically engages with models of pedagogy.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC1005. Students who have successfully completed EDUC1005 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC1008.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the demands of academic culture and literacy, and education as a field of study.

2. Demonstrate an awareness of the contributions of history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology to the understanding of education and the practice of teaching.

3. Critically engage with the notion of teaching as a profession.

4. Critically engage with theories that claim to capture the complexity of teachers' knowledge.

5. Critically engage with various approaches to pedagogy (incl. the NSW Quality Teaching framework).


This course introduces students to:

  1. Academic culture and literacy.
  2. Education as a field of study.
  3. The historical, philosophic, and psychological discourses and disciplines that underlie and inform western education.
  4. The social, cultural, and political contexts of contemporary education.
  5. Teaching as a profession.
  6. Contemporary approaches to pedagogy (incl. the NSW Quality Teaching framework).


This course replaces EDUC1005. If you have successfully completed EDUC1005 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Critical analysis and reflection

Written Assignment: Critically analyse, research and reflect on a current educational topic