EDCU12041 - Sustainability through Active Citizenship

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the 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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 50.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.22% response rate.

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.

Source: Student and tutor feedback
The layout and content of the Moodle site was clear, detailed and accessible.
Update Moodle site to ensure content is relevant and topical but maintain overall layout.
Action Taken
Moodle content was updated and continues to receive positive scores and feedback.
Source: Student feedback
Turnitin message when uploading podcasts caused concern.
Explain in Zoom sessions, in classes, on Moodle site and via Q&A that students will receive message from Turnitin as it cannot read podcasts but this does not affect upload.
Action Taken
The appearance of the Turnitin message was better explained and did not cause concerns this year.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
Source: 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.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Group Work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Group Work