Other single subjects

Other single subjects

School Experience as Breadth Sem 1 Sem 2 Level 2

Availability: Semester 1 and 2
Contact hours: Approx. 1 day per week in school, university classes before placement (9 hours) and during placement (6 hours)
Level: 2

Volunteer as a Tertiary Student Assistant (TSA) in a Victorian Government school, and learn about contemporary approaches to teaching and learning.

You will make links between your undergraduate degree and the wider community, and get a taste of working in a school by assisting in one of the two main streams:

  1. Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS)
  2. Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

School-based experience is supplemented by university workshops and seminars, to give you further support and ideas you can take back to the classroom. This subject is for students with high level skills in mathematics, science, arts or languages other than English (LOTE).

For more information contact Subject Coordinator Dr Daniela Acquaro d.acquaro@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

Henry Gardiner, Bachelor of Arts

'School Experience as Breadth' was definitely the most insightful 'breadth' subject I undertook throughout my Bachelor of Arts. The practical nature of the school placements was a great way to gain a real appreciation of what teaching involves. It also reinforced my interest in teaching and is helping me consider my next step post-Arts, which I believe is the outcome of a true breadth subject.

Henry Gardiner, Bachelor of Arts

Introduction to Climate Change Sem 2 Level 1

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: Two 1 hour lectures and one 1 hour tutorial per week, plus eight forums on topical subjects
Level: 1

With a comprehensive and up-to-date introduction to all aspects of the climate change debate, you will have the opportunity to interact with Australian scientific and political leaders with expertise and interests in climate change, and consider information within your own local context.

Concepts covered include the scientific basis of the greenhouse effect, the history of Earth’s climate, energy options, economics and public policy and the effect of climate change on food, water and health.

For more information, contact the Subject Coordinator Professor Rachel Webster r.webster@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

Relating Health and Learning Sem 1 Level 1

Availability: Semester 1
Contact hours: 1.5 hour lecture and 1.5 hour workshop per week
Level: 1

Deepen your knowledge of the relationship between health and learning using the life course model. You will explore current research that explains how health influences your success in educational pursuits and how educational opportunities and life-long learning in turn impact your health outcomes.

In the interactive lectures and workshops, you will engage with sector experts and collaborate with each other strengthening your skills in public speaking, presentation, and thinking strategically, critically and creatively to develop interventions that address health and learning issues.

You will learn how to apply theory to practice using your own experiences and real world examples, improving your ability to approach complex health and learning issues pragmatically.

For more information, contact Subject Coordinator Mr Timoci O'Connor timoci.oconnor@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

Communicating Science and Technology Sem 2 Level 2

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: One 2 hour seminar, one 1 hour seminar and one 1 hour tutorial per week
Level: 2

Consider the important role of science and technology in society and explore why scientists must learn to articulate their ideas to a variety of audiences in an effective and engaging manner.

You will learn how to create engaging written and spoken science communication, by tailoring your communication to audience needs and using the right type of media. Other topics include giving talks about science to non-scientists, writing press releases, communicating with politicians, how science is reported in the media, as well as effective communication in the context of employability and applying for jobs, including writing a CV and interview skills.

There will be multiple opportunities to receive feedback and improve their your written and oral communication skills.

For more information, contact Subject Coordinator Dr Jenny Martin j.martin1@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

Introduction to Indigenous Education Sem 2 (Winter) Level 1

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: 36 hours
Level: 1

Focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, this subject examines the place and significance of Australian Indigenous peoples in the educational landscape. The subject will explore the changing nature of Indigenous education in Australia through studying a range of contemporary and historical views of Indigenous education. Attention will be given to the development of Australian Indigenous theory and research and its application to education. The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) will form the starting point of this subject. It will also explore the location of Australian Indigenous education in the global indigenous education context, including comparisons with New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

Students will develop knowledge of and the ability to engage in education initiatives that support communities, in addition to working with non-Indigenous people to support anti-racist and decolonizing practices in education. This subject provides students with an introduction to Indigenous education in Australia.

For more information contact, Subject Coordinator Elizabeth Mckinley elizabeth.mckinley@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.

Indigenous Education in Community Sem 2 (Summer) Level 2

Availability: Semester 2
Contact hours: 36 hours – 8 days of seminars over a two week period
Level: 2

This subject explores the wide range of learning opportunities provided by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations.

This subject introduces students to the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and learning about Indigenous issues in the community. By getting out of the lecture theatre and visiting Melbourne schools, community organisations and services that provide educational experiences for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, students will have the opportunity to learn how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are changing the nature of education.

For more information, contact Subject Coordinator Elizabeth Mckinley elizabeth.mckinley@unimelb.edu.au or see the Handbook.