Critiquing Curriculum and Policy

    Unit code: EED6113 | Study level: Postgraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    Online Real Time


    This unit of study will include consideration of the historical, social and cultural contexts that influence curriculum and pedagogy in education and training settings. Students will explore the theoretical and practical considerations of curriculum and pedagogy in the 21st century. We will examine ways to develop learner-centred curriculum and pedagogy with specific reference to how the intended is not necessarily the actual curriculum in settings of practice. Pedagogical practices to engage students across a range of social contexts will be explored and analysed.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Formulate a critical perspective of dominant theories in curriculum and pedagogy, in the context of education and vocational training;
    2. Compare and contrast the historical, socio-cultural and political-economic influences that shape curriculum and pedagogy;
    3. Critically engage with literature relevant to the student’s professional practice; and
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to ethical action, and/or social responsibility, indigenous perspectives and sustainability in an educational context.
    5. Synthesise information to address challenges in educational contexts and settings.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Poster
    Grade: 25%
    Conceptual map identifying a contemporary curriculum or pedagogy issue/problem – annotated
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 45%
    Conduct a critical investigation that analyses a curriculum or policy issue through key curriculum, pedagogical and or socio-political theories
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Present a creative reflection on the critical investigation.

    Required reading

    A range of texts and materials will be made available through the university library and VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

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