Learning Area:Australian Environment OPT

Subject EDUC30002 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Parkville, on-campus.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 6 x 2-hour laboratory workshops and 2 x 2- hour group workshops for development of practical artefacts and resources
Total Time Commitment: Not available

485-102 Learning Area: Science & Technology 1 or approved equivalent.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Dr John Vincent


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: Through the six on-campus workshops and two presentation workshops, students will engage in a detailed study of specific aspects of the Australian environment that are particularly related to the Australian context. The topics explored are linked to the primary science curriculum and culminate in practical experiences designed to be replicable and suitable for the primary classroom program. Important science, social and cultural concepts like ecology, sustainability, the allocation of scarce resources, the interactions and interdependence of organisms, and the roles of climate and climate change will be integrated and explored. Experiential and practical project based teaching and learning practices will be employed to give students an opportunity to develop deeper understandings of, appreciation for and commitment to the complexities and vulnerabilities of the Australian environment.
Objectives: Through this subject, participants will be able to plan and develop environmental science for the primary curriculum to build student connections with the environment through both classroom experiences and field experiences.

Thee are two pieces of assessment:

  • One individual reflective essay (1000 words) 25% due end of week 5
  • One group project (3000 words) 75% including a 750 word individual element on curriculum design due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed Texts:

  • The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and Peoples (Flannery, T. (1997)), Sydney: New Holland Publishers
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Information Not Available

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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