Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides pre-service teachers with a firm grounding in the threshold knowledge required for working with interdisciplinary curricula and integrated learning.  The focus is on developing understandings of what interdisciplinary education is, how has it been done in education systems in the past, how it is currently managed, and how could it be done in the future.  Students develop understandings about the theories and practices associated with the creation and management of, and assessment within, learning programs and environments that place specific emphasis on integrated and interdisciplinary learning.  The subject is structured around activities that enable students to make links between theoretical concepts about interdisciplinary curricula and learning and practical applications of these in teaching.

SchoolSchool of Education

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKaren O'Reilly-Briggs

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Only available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Teaching (EBTP - Primary, EBTS - Secondary, EBTOCE / EBOCE - Outreach and Community Education, AZAAE - Arts/Arts Education, SZSSE - Science/Science Education


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Sound knowledge of relevant curriculum documents

Students will examine relevant state and national curriculum documents relating to interdisciplinary curriculum (e.g. Victorian Curriculum Interdisciplinary capabilities) to inform the work they will complete for their assessments.

02. Pedagogical content knowledge that fosters student learning through action based and interdisciplinary inquiries.

Students will locate and create resources related to interdisciplinary curriculum and learning. They will develop and demonstrate activities using these resources that promote deep engagement and understanding for chosen cohorts of learners.

03. Familiarity with how curriculum connections are made in a variety of primary school settings and year levels.

Students will build on and apply knowledge and experiences from earlier learning in relation to interdisciplinary curriculum within primary school settings. They will develop and articulate arguments for the inclusion of interdisciplinary curricula approaches within and across primary school levels.

04. Appreciation of the role of research, information technology and additional resources to scaffold student learning and extend their own professional learning.

Students will develop their own research skills through activities related to exploration, creation and application of interdisciplinary curriculum. They will be required to locate web-based and other resources that further their own understandings of interdisciplinary learning as well as identify resources that promote this learning of the students they will be teaching.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Week 35-47, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKaren O'Reilly-Briggs

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 35 - 43
Nine 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 35 to week 43 and delivered via blended.

Scheduled Online Class Week: 40 - 40
One 2.0 hours scheduled online class per study period on weekdays during the day from week 40 to week 40 and delivered via online.
"This online session is during the mid-semester break."


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
A 1000 word essay demonstrating understandings of interdisciplinary learning.30 03, 04
Group task (equival to 1400 words). Develop and peer assess interdisciplinary unit of work.30 01, 02, 03, 04
Presentation (equivalent to 1600 words).40 01, 02, 04