The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 2 - 2020.

Learning outcomes

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

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.


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

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: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend all programmed events in situ (Canberra).