The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course examines current environmental issues facing Australia and the wider world and considers the impact that primary schools can have on implementing ecologically sustainable communities.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Winter - 2019.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a number of the key environmental issues of the current period.

2. Critically assess these issues with a view to determining how educational policies and procedures can make an impact in order to develop sustainable communities.

3. Demonstrate strategies that can engage primary schools and their communities in enhancing the natural, social, and built environment.


This course will involve field trips to visit various institutions and persons of value for an advanced understanding of ecological sustainable communities in Australia. It will invite research and discussion on issues in ecological sustainable development; and involve exploration of classroom application of the above.


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: Group iPad Presentation - Teaching strategies

Written Assignment: Poster & Critical Assessment