Available in 2021
Course code



20 units



Course handbook


This course provides enabling students with foundational knowledge, skills and insights relating to the academic study of education. The course thus aims to provide students with a platform for undergraduate entry into early childhood, primary or secondary teaching programs.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Employ a range of academic reading, writing and oral skills and attitudes, including analytical and critical thinking, at a level suitable for successful University study at the undergraduate level.

2. Reflect knowledgeably and critically on their own and others' educational experiences, as well as the social and professional role of teachers, using insight gained during the course.

3. Apply key introductory concepts in the fields of educational sociology, philosophy and psychology to aspects of contemporary schooling.

4. Define basic features of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment, and analyse how these impact on the experiences of diverse learners.

5. Recount key points in the historical development of schooling and education policy in Australia, including Indigenous knowledges and pedagogies, and explain how they have impacted on contemporary education.


While embedding the development of essential academic literacies, the course covers three interrelated topics in education: understanding learning, understanding teaching, and understanding schooling. Woven throughout these topics are various philosophies of education.


Understanding learning: students are introduced to the important work of scholars, past and present, to the fields of educational psychology and philosophy. Through this, deep learning and critical thinking are explored conceptually and developed practically.


Understanding teaching: students examine the role of the teacher in Australian society, uncover aspects of pedagogy, curriculum and assessment, and learn about the development of teachers as professionals.


Understanding schooling: students explore the historical foundations of Australia's school system, critically examine current issues in Australian schooling and learn more about issues of diversity and equity through an introduction to the sociology of education.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Presentation: Group Presentation

Presentation: Reflection

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.