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  • Objectives
    This course is designed for Indigenous students intending to become teachers in secondary schools and provides specialist training for those intending to work within schools and communities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The course facilitates the development of reflective, educated, culturally aware and responsive individuals, able to function effectively as beginning teachers in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, and committed to their continuing professional learning. It also supports the retention of indigenous students in secondary schools, especially through fostering support roles.
  • Entry requirements
    Prerequisites 1. Aboriginality; 2. a minimum of three years' work experience; and 3. demonstrated relevant tertiary study skills or successful completion of a Tertiary Communication Skills program.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies)
  • Course description
    This course is based upon a set of underlying themes which include social justice, change and social analysis. These themes address issues related to indigenous students in secondary schools and are integral to the educative approach which has been developed to meet the specific needs of these students. This course uses an educational methodology which has been developed in cognisance of participants' current skills and needs. The methodology will also develop the participants' skills to work with students to maximise their educational potential in an environment of marginalisation.

    The course has as its foundation the conviction that the quality of education in a society is closely associated with the preparation of teachers. Their professional expertise, attitudes and values equip them to develop in others sound knowledge, skills and ideals and a capacity and readiness to undertake responsibility in the community. Quality of education depends also on teachers being prepared to meet the challenge of continued growth in knowledge, accelerating technological development, social change and heightened community expectations.

    Graduates of this course are eligible for employment in both government and non-government schools.

    This course is offered in mixed mode. Students are required to attend two compulsory residential schools on campus each semester and to complete course work and assignments within their home communities. Online support is provided between residential schools and academic support is available to students who require it through the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS). Professional Experience is also a compulsory component of each course and is taken in block-periods that extend from 1 to 10 weeks. This course is offered full-time or part-time.

    BTeach/BA

    320 cp

    Minimum duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time. This course is normally studied over 5 years full time.

    Course available at: Sydney (Strathfield), NSW

    EFTSL value of units: All 10 cp units in this course have an EFTSL value of 0.125. Units with a cp of a multiple of 10 have corresponding EFTSL values.

    1. Definitions

    “Major”: 80 cp from prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, normally including at least 10 cp at introductory level and at least 60 cp at advanced level.

    “Minor”: 40 cp from prescribed units in one discipline or approved interdisciplinary area, normally including at least 10 cp at introductory level and at least 20 cp at advanced level.

    2. Requirements of Completion of the Degree42

    To qualify for the degree, a student must complete:

    1. 320 cp consisting of:

       1. 160 cp in Arts units, consisting of a Major in History or Literature, a Minor in Indigenous Studies plus four units from the Bachelor of Arts which may be
             1. another Minor, or
             2. two units of Sociology and two other Electives;

    and

       1. 160 cp from the Schedule of Unit Offerings, consisting of:
             1. 80 cp from Education Studies;
             2. 60 cp from Curriculum Studies;
             3. 20 cp Internship;

    and

    2.

       1. 3 Professional Experience units; and
       2. 1 Community Engagement unit.

    Schedule of Unit Offerings

    Prerequisite (Pre), co-requisite (Co) and incompatible (Inc) units are indicated in parentheses where applicable.

    Arts Units
    Units from the following disciplines listed in the Schedule of Unit Offerings for the Bachelor of Arts degree:

    Major
    History
    Literature

    Minor
    Indigenous Studies

    The second Minor may be selected from the following list
    History
    Literature
    Theological Studies

    Majors

    Literature
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    ENGL102     10     Australian Literature: An Introduction
    ENGL104     10     Introduction to Literature
    ENGL202     10     20th Century Literature
    ENGL205     10     Australian Children’s Literature
    ENGL208     10     Creative Writing
    ENGL215     10     Literature for Young Adults
    ENGL217     10     Popular Literature
    ENGL222     10     Literature and Visual Text
    ENGL223     10     Colonial and Post Colonial Literature
    ENGL228     10     Special Author, Period or Theme Study

    History
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    HIST102     10     Australia to 1890
    HIST107     10     Modern Australia
    HIST204     10     Australian Family History
    HIST205     10     Australian Social History
    HIST206     10     Comparative History of Immigrant Peoples
    HIST213     10     Pacific History
    HIST215     10     Later Modern Europe
    HIST218     10     Women in Australian History
    HIST219     10     History and Cultures of South East Asia
    HIST224     10     Rise of the United States
    HIST228     10     Australian Popular Culture
    HIST308     10     Historiography

    Theological Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SHBS100     10     Introduction to the Bible
    SHCT100     10     What Christians Believe
    SHCP203     10     Christian Theological Ethics
    SHCT202     10     Christian Symbol, Ritual and Sacrament

    Indigenous Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOAB100     10     Cultures and Identity in Australian Indigenous Communities
    SOAB200     10     Indigenous Lives
    SOAB201     10     Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Australia
    SOAB202     10     Australian Policies and their Impact on Society in an Indigenous Context

    Elective Studies
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SOCI100     10     Introduction to Sociology
    SOCI204     10     Sociology of Culture43

    Education Units
     
    Education Studies
     
    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SDFD127     10     Contexts for Learning and Development
    SDFD133     10     Understanding Learning
    SDFD220     10     Teaching and Managing Learning Environments
    SDFD221     10     Creating Inclusive, Safe and Supportive Schools
    SDFD307     10     Educational Assessment
    SDFD447     10     Diversity in the Classroom
    SDFD452     10     Transition to the Profession
    SDFD454     10     Curriculum Literacies

    Curriculum Studies
     
    Core Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SDTS210     10     Teaching and Learning: Preparing for the Contexts of the Field

    Electives Curriculum and Teaching Units44
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SDAB302     10     Indigenous Studies Curriculum 1
    SDAB400     10     Indigenous Studies Curriculum 2
    SDLA438     10     English Curriculum and Teaching 1
    SDLA439     10     English Curriculum and Teaching 2
    SDRE527     10     Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 1
    SDRE528     10     Religious Education Curriculum and Teaching Studies 2
    SDSS420     10     History Curriculum and Teaching 1
    SDSS421     10     History Curriculum and Teaching 2
    SDSS438     10     Society and Culture Curriculum and Teaching 1
    SDSS439     10     Society and Culture Curriculum and Teaching 2

    Electives
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SDFD212     10     Professional Ethics in Education
    SDRE306     10     Indigenous Spirituality 1

    Internship
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SDFX409     20     Internship

    Professional Experience Units
    Unit Code     Credit Points     Unit Name
    SDFX207     0     Community Engagement Program
    SDFX214     0     Professional Experience Secondary 2
    SDFX312     0     Professional Experience Secondary 3A
    SDFX313     0     Professional Experience Secondary 3B

     
    42 Requirements for working with children: Requirements for working with children: All students enrolled must have the appropriate approvals before they may enter a classroom. In NSW it is: Working with Children Check.
    43 The prerequisite requirement for SOCI107 Sociological Research Methods will be waived for the students enrolled in the Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Studies).
    44 20 cp are to be taken from one Curriculum and Teaching Studies area which builds on the discipline minor already taken.
    To be eligible to enrol in a Curriculum and Teaching Studies sequence, a student must either have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite study prescribed for that Curriculum and Teaching Study or be able to demonstrate knowledge or skills approved by the Course Co-ordinator as equivalent. In the case of Religious Education, the designated Theological Studies units provide co-requisites.

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