Version Effective: 6th of April, 2020
Version Effective: 6th of April, 2020

PDC69861 - Embedding Social Innovation into the Curriculum - A Practical Approach

Course Details

Course Summary

To embed social innovation principles, practices or methods into curriculum or teaching practices can pose a number of questions and challenges for educators. If social innovation is a practice that seeks to design and implement new or novel solutions to complex social challenges, how can you understand social innovation education and what is it that you can embed?

This online Short Course aims to answer these questions by explaining what social innovation is all about and provide practical examples for how you can embed social innovation. It will clarify that this is not about making students 'social innovators' but building their capacity as lifelong 'changemakers'.

You will receive insight into a number of key methods used in social innovation practice, including design thinking, and how these can be used in an educational context. The aim is to make it easier for you to add elements or principles of social innovation into a unit or course or re-think how they are delivered and assessed. 

The course will utilise an interactive presentation style, which includes self-directed learning activities, reflection questions, and specific readings. This course allows participants to build knowledge and understanding along with consolidating their learning and exchanging personal insight with colleagues.

There is no fee associated with this short course for CQUniversity teaching staff.

Entry Requirements

All CQUniversity teaching staff are eligible to enrol in this course.

Course Details

Course Type Short Course (Professional Development)
Student Availability
  • Domestic
  • International
Application Mode
  • Other
How to Apply
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Skill Area
  • General Education and Training

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Not Applicable

Student Outcomes, Career Opportunities and Occupations

This course provides Professional Development for teaching staff at CQUniversity.

Undertaking this course enables students to meet their Continuing Professional Development obligations and industry update requirements in their profession. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded 18 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours and a CQUniversity Certificate of Completion.

Course Structures

Study Mode Definitions

  • Online: Online courses provide the flexibility to study without normally requiring a student to visit a campus. Course content is studied through a number of means including the use of online discussion forums, electronic library resources, by contacting lecturers and teachers, and receiving study materials online/electronically. Work integrated learning, including placements, may be included in some courses.
  • On-campus: Students studying in on-campus mode typically are expected to attend and participate in regular, structured on-campus teaching and learning activities throughout the University’s academic term. These activities may include lectures, tutorials, workshops and practice, online or other activities and normally will be timetabled at a CQUniversity campus or approved delivery site.
  • Mixed Mode: Students studying in mixed mode will participate in a combination of online learning activities in addition to site-specific learning activities, which may include residential schools, co-op placements and/or work-integrated learning as a compulsory requirement of a unit. The additional site-specific learning activities are what differentiates a mixed-mode unit from an online unit.

*All study modes may include Vocational placement and/or work integrated learning.

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Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Identify what is social innovation
  2. Identify the difference between ‘social innovation’ as a practice from around the world and ‘social innovation education’ as a pedagogical framework
  3. Explain and apply social innovation attributes as a guide and resource to embed social innovation into assessments and in class tasks
  4. Use several key social innovation methods and critically reflect on how they can be used by an educator.


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