Course Title: Education Futures: Imagining Curriculum

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education Futures: Imagining Curriculum

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Geoff Shacklock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7850

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 220.03.14

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Non listed

Course Description

This is a core course that focuses on contemporary and emerging trends and ideas in education. Using a problem-based learning approach, students will apply educational ideas in creative and practical ways to address strengths and shortcomings of current approaches to curriculum, pedagogy and on assessment policies and practices. This course will examine the sets of knowledge and skills students develop beyond school, for example popular culture and digital technologies; explore why educators need to pay attention to such skills and understandings; and identify ways of embracing these in ways that enhance learning in the classroom. In this course knowledge and skills will be applied in work integrated learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is designed to assist students to:
• Advance and practice their critical awareness of current curriculum, pedagogical and assessment policies and practices in Australia and internationally.
• Extend their capacity to plan innovative and engaging curriculum that reflects current educational ideas and that links to the lifeworld of the learner.
• Become aware of the principles of problem-based learning approaches.
• Develop confidence in tackling educational problems to which the solution is not immediately obvious.
• Apply their prior learning about education in creative and innovative ways.

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
• Understand the possibilities and limitations of current education policies and practices by making explicit that which is frequently tacit.
• Design innovative and engaging curriculum that connects to students’ lives beyond school.
• Understand the principles of problem-based learning.
• Confidently apply new ideas to develop problem-solving strategies to school-based issues.

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.
• Understandings of how ICT resources can be integrated in meaningful ways that take into account students’ existing and diverse technological skills and to produce engaging and challenging curriculum.

VIT Standards
This course is aligned with the following standards:
• Teachers plan and assess for effective learning.
• Teachers create and maintain safe and challenging learning environments.
• 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 formal lectures, tutorials, site visits, small-group work and discussion, and online learning.

Overview of Learning Resources

See part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment tasks are directly linked to the stated objectives and outcomes. Assessment in this 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, multi-modal or performance based assessment).

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