Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2014.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.

Assessment items

Project: Resource Task

Project: Lesson Planning and/or Reflection Task

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments