Exploring and Contesting Curriculum - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Report (20%) , Assignment 2 - Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit provides an introduction to the idea of curriculum including key terms, alternative models of curriculum and the processes and products of curriculum. Specific areas covered include socio-cultural perspectives of curricula. Curriculum integration, the development of early learning and school-based curricula, and the way in which teachers use curriculum documents for planning. This unit provides Early Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the socio-cultural factors that influence curriculum and its implementation
  2. understand the knowledge and strategies that support students' engagement with the curriculum
  3. be aware of the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum
  4. apply curriculum theory and curriculum documents to create learning experiences.
  • Assignment 1 — Report (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 — Case Study (50%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDE201 — Curriculum Development in ECE
  • EDP135 — Introduction to Curriculum
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  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Is curriculum just a document?
2Powers, values & points of view in curriculum
3The educator's philosophy and role
4Social disadvantage and inequality
5Gender and sexuality
6Cultural diversity
7Consuming childhood
8The third teacher
9Assessment approaches
10Official curricula and project
13Unit review

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links
  • Wikis

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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