Course Title: Educational Settings and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Educational Settings and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018


Brunswick Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Nicky Carr

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7802

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.13

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is one of a sequence of professional experience courses designed to develop teaching practice in a work-integrated learning context. The focus of this course is the social, technological and cultural influences on children and how these might shape learning and teaching. You will develop awareness of your own and learners’ cultures, personal values and beliefs about cultural diversity and how these might impact on teaching practice. You will examine the characteristics of effective learning environments (safe, supportive, inclusive, engaging and challenging) and apply these to different educational settings. 

This course includes a work integrated learning experience in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a real or simulated workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to your experience.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Engage professionally in an education setting with colleagues, parents, carers and the community
  • Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments
  • Consolidate knowledge about how social and cultural contexts impact on children and children’s learning, and how social and cultural contexts shape your own teaching
  • Discuss the impact of culture and cultural identity on the education of students from diverse cultural backgrounds, including Asian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Draw upon a range of resources including ICT to implement creative, inclusive, engaging and challenging learning and teaching activities.

You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse educational settings in order to develop knowledge and skills for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of education.
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness and ethical and reflective practice

Overview of Learning Activities

Overview of Learning Activities You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Work integrated learning is a major teaching and learning theme for this course and it puts you at the centre of the learning process. The teaching team will support you in the development, progress and completion of your assessment tasks. This course involves the successful completion of professional experience; learning activities will ask you to link theory with practical areas of the profession in a variety of education settings.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at:;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1