Teaching in Australian Schools

EDU30016 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn, Online Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • On-campus: 12 hours Face to face+Blended Swinburne online - Nil

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning. For Online unit delivery, learning is conducted exclusively online.

2023 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2

31 Jul 23 - 29 Oct 23

5 Dec 23

Last self enrolment:
13 Aug 23

31 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Sep 23

More teaching periods
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 2
Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

10 Jul 23 - 8 Oct 23

31 Oct 23

Last self enrolment:
23 Jul 23

4 Aug 23

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Aug 23

6 Nov 23 - 11 Feb 24

5 Mar 24

Last self enrolment:
19 Nov 23

1 Dec 23

Last withdraw without fail:
29 Dec 23


237.5 cp from BA-EDUPRI/EDUPRI1 Bachelor of Education (Primary)

Aims and objectives

This unit provides pre-service teachers with an overview of the cultures and practices of primary schools in Australia – both government and independent schools. Pre-service teachers will become familiar with state and national curriculum documents and the contexts of learning in Australian schools. They will compare policies and practices within different states and other national systems. The teaching profession will also be examined, looking at the workforce and issues confronting the profession.

Unit Learning Outcomes  
Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Examine and critically evaluate policy and practice in government and independent schools.
2. Consider and compare state and national curriculum documentation.
3. Investigate and reflect upon the roles and responsibilities of teachers at various stages of the profession including an understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers.
4. Engage in collaborative professional learning and practice.
5. Critically consider issues confronting the teaching profession, including professional ethical and legislative responsibilities, working with parents and carers and engaging with professional and community networks.