The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with an understanding of the way drama pedagogies transform and generate creative and imaginative learning experiences for students. This practical course with an embedded school-based teaching project at its core, investigates the ways in which drama learning processes dynamise students critical thinking, collaborative and empathic skills through role based enactments and devised performance. The course explores knowledge and skills that support innovative approaches to teaching and learning, covering concepts and strategies for creativity, performative and embodied learning, process drama and playbuilding. This elective is suitable for all pre-service teachers, primary and secondary, particularly those wanting to use drama as pedagogy to teach across KLAs and to delve into dramatic processes in more depth.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDST2080. Students who have successfully completed EDST2080 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC2081.

Learning outcomes

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

1. A practical understanding of Drama as a pedagogy, mode of inquiry, subject and art form

2. A critical understanding of theories and concepts of creative learning and teaching in and through drama

3. Knowledge of the creative processes involved in leading and transforming learning using drama pedagogies and strategies

4. The exploration of dramatic inquiry projects and their significance for learners and school communities

5. A drama learning project to plan, implement and evaluate in a school context.



  1. Creativity in the drama classroom - learning through collaborative creation
  2. Drama essentials: role play, dramatic elements, story, metaxis, drama processes and performances
  3. Drama as a 21st century pedagogy: process drama strategies in practice
  4. Playbuilding for the 21st century classroom - critical inquiry and devising processes
  5. Applying Drama across the curriculum
  6. Effective planning  for student learning in and through drama
  7. Project implementation and evaluation.




For students who commenced in the program in 2016 onwards, enrolment in this course is dependent on successful completion of the teacher education admission milestone:

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UON courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways.

Enrolment in this course is dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Essay: Critical Written Response

Project: Drama Inquiry Project

Portfolio: Portfolio

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term