The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


This course introduces students to the research and development literature on Authentic and Productive forms of curriculum. In particular, the course will outline major curricular practices that have been identified in recent research as contributing to greater and more equitable student learning outcomes. As part of this course, students will be introduced to recent developments in how curriculum is understood and practised and an analysis of the relationship between authentic curriculum and current state-based curriculum developments. In addition, the course will engage students in direct experiences of analysing their own and others' curriculum practices using these concepts.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

1. To introduce students to Productive Pedagogy and Authentic Pedagogy models of curriculum

2. To help students develop a deep understanding of the pertinent research literature

3. To assist students in the analysis of current curriculum practices in educational settings

4. To enable students to design improved curriculum.


A detailed analysis of Authentic and Productive curriculum models and their relationship to improved student learning outcomes. A focus on the role of Intellectual Quality and Relevance in improving student learning. An introduction to and application of the development of curricula that promote intellectual quality and relevance. The link between student performances that demonstrate high intellectual quality and the backward mapping of requisite curricular practices.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Curriculum Analysis

Written Assignment: Curriculum Design

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term