Course Title: Imagining Social Futures

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Imagining Social Futures

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Gray

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7827

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.11

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

An undergraduate degree or equivalent with sub majors in two teaching areas

Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on the theoretical and historical perspectives on and practices that are informing current educational debate and reform. This course has a special focus on learning priorities emerging from current debate and reforms, including post-compulsory education pathways, at state, national and international levels.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Examine the emergence and development of learning priorities in education.
• Explore the conditions that shape contemporary life and how societal trends influence educational thinking and practice.
• Investigate the links between new learning priorities and current trends in educational thinking and models of practice.
• Examine recent developments in curriculum design and teaching and learning in Australia and other settings.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Critically analyse and demonstrate an understanding of historical and contemporary practical and theoretical perspectives on education, learning and teaching.
• Engage in approaches to learning currently being given greater emphasis, including VET and applied learning.
• Identify, question, and either authenticate or reconstruct assumptions about knowledge, learning and pedagogy.
• Demonstrate critically reflective observation and practice in relation to pedagogy.

ICT Outcomes
At the conclusion of this course, students will have demonstrated and/or acquired the following ICT capabilities:
• Understandings of the role of ICT in learning and implications for the classroom.
• Awareness of a range of contemporary ICT resources suitable for the classroom. 
• Skills in using ICT for communication, presentation, work preparation and implementation.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers know how students learn and how to teach them effectively.
• Teachers know their students.
• Teachers use a range of teaching strategies and resources to engage students in effective learning.
• Teachers reflect on, evaluate and improve their professional knowledge and practice.
• Teachers are active members of their profession.

Overview of Learning Activities

Students’ learning in this course will involve a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, on-line discussions, curriculum design and readings in order to support the development of the learning outcomes of this course.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on resources.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in the course will be both theoretical and practical in nature. A range of formative and summative assessment types will be incorporated into the course (for example, written, oral or performance based assessment).

Students should refer to Part B of the course guide for further information on assessment.