The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
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.



  • Winter - 2020


  • Winter - 2020

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.


To enrol in this course, students must meet the teacher education admission milestones, if commencing a teaching program from commencement of 2016.

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

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah

Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

This course may be run online throughout the semester without face-to-face contact, or in a face-to-face three week intensive format, or some combination of the two. It will also involve field study trips to locations off-campus.


Face to Face On Campus 10 hour(s) per Term Full Term