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EDCU12041 Sustainability through Active Citizenship
Sustainability through Active Citizenship
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General Information


Sustainability through Active Citizenship focuses on strategies and processes that educators can use to achieve the stated goal of the Melbourne Declaration of supporting young Australians to develop as active, informed citizens. Students explore issues related to Citizenship Education within the context of multicultural society and the lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and identify pedagogical practices for modelling democratic process in classroom settings. They develop understanding of sustainability as an issue involving values education and apply democratic and participatory processes to enact a group decision-making and planning task related to action for sustainable futures. Individually, students reflect on the relevance of the strategies and processes for use in primary school classrooms in terms of their potential for educating learners to achieve the goal of active, informed citizenship and to value participation in communities and groups for creating sustainable futures.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2023


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Practical Assessment
Weighting: 50%
2. Group Work
Weighting: 50%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Distance student feedback


More interactive lectures


The format of lectures will be changed to a pre-recorded lecture and a separate Zoom workshop to allow more time for interaction.

Feedback from Student feedback


Groups too large in second assignment


The size of the group is integral to the nature of this assessment. This will be explained in more detail so students have a better understanding of the intent and structure of the assignment.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Critique approaches to Citizenship Education to evaluate the use of inclusive strategies and the perspectives and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and cultural and social minority groups
  2. Recommend teaching strategies that develop positive dispositions towards active citizenship and participatory democratic process for primary school-aged learners
  3. Justify the use of strategies for establishing respectful learning environments in which individual and group differences are valued
  4. Assess and critically reflect on learning processes to explain how they promote engagement and participation, improve student learning and develop positive values towards creating sustainable futures
  5. Select and use resources that support higher order thinking and facilitate effective group participation, planning and decision-making processes.

Successful completion of this unit provides opportunities for students to engage with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (Graduate Career Stage) focus areas of:

1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

1.2 Understand how students learn

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

1.4 Strategies for teaching Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area

2.4 Understand and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to promote reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians

3.4 Select and use resources

4.1 Support student participation

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Group Work - 50%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment - 50%
2 - Group Work - 50%
Textbooks and Resources



Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences: Teaching and learning across Australia

Edition: Seven (2020)
Authors: Rob Gilbert, Libby Tudball, Peter Brett (Editors)
South Melbourne South Melbourne , Victoria , Australia
ISBN: 9780170424165
Binding: Paperback

Additional Textbook Information

This textbook will also be used for EDCU12042 History Curriculum and Pedagogy and EDCU14033 Geography. Textbooks can be accessed online at the CQUniversity Library website. If you prefer your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook versions at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Audacity or other MP3
Academic Integrity Statement

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