Major - Secondary Teaching

Western Sydney University Major Code: M1102.1

This version of the specialisation is available only to continuing or completing students.

Related Courses

2786.1 Bachelor of Business

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Courses : YES, if the specialisation is available on your Home campus. Please ensure your course structure allows space for enrolment in the units in this unit set. Students must also meet any pre-requisite requirements. Consult your Course Advisor for further advice.

Students in the Secondary Teaching Major will study units that deal with educational concepts such as sustainability, creativity, Australia-Asia relationships, outdoor education, neuroscience and languages. These units are broadly structured for students to investigate and critique contemporary education issues. Students are also provided with the opportunity to study subject content units in either Modern History or Geography and Urban Studies, dependent on their interests. This major together with a Business major articulates with a Master of Teaching postgraduate qualification in Secondary Teaching and leads to opportunities for employment across Australia as well as internationally.


Campus Mode Specialisation Advice
Bankstown Campus Internal Karen McDaid
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Karen McDaid

Major Structure

Students in Secondary Teaching major must complete 80 credit points. All units in this major are 10 credit points and are arranged in three pools of which Learning in Context is mandatory with a choice of either History and Political Thought or Geography and Urban Studies as shown below. Students must complete no more than 30 credit points at Level 1 and at least 30 credit points at Level 3.

Learning in Context

Students must complete 40 credit points: at least one level 3 unit if studying History and Political Thought; and, at least two level 3 units if studying Geography and Urban Studies.

Level 1 units

102206 Experience-based Outdoor Education

One level 1 unit from M1041 Indigenous Australian Studies Major -

101751 Contextualising Indigenous Australia (Day Mode)

One level 1 unit of study in a Language Other Than English in 1706 Bachelor of Arts SM1078 sub major Chinese or SM1080 Japanese sub major

Choose one of

100056 Chinese 101
100057 Chinese 102

Or choose one of

100085 Japanese 101
100086 Japanese 102

Level 2 units

101874 Experiential Learning in Communities (ELC)
101263 Education and Transformation
101663 Education for Sustainability
101259 Learning and Creativity
102048 Contemporary Childhoods

One level 2 unit of study in a Language Other Than English in 1706 Bachelor of Arts SM1078 sub major Chinese or SM1080 Japanese sub major

Choose one of

102024 Chinese 201
102028 Japanese 201

Level 3 units

101623 Ethical Futures
101661 Education in a Cosmopolitan Society
102207 The Brain and Learning
102210 Australia-Asia Education

History and Political Thought

Students must complete 40 credit points: two level 1 units; and, two level 2 or 3 units.

Level 1 units

101910 Global History
102000 Modern European History and Politics

Level 2 units

101973 Australian Politics
101882 A History of Modern Global Buddhism
101967 Cultural History of Books and Reading
100861 Empire: European Colonial Rule and its Subjects, 1750-1920
100001 Keeping the Past
102002 Religion and the Origins of Modern Science
101871 War

Note: 101872 - War has been replced by 102423 - War from 2017

Level 3 units

102423 War
102004 Australian Colonial History
101872 Australian Indigenous History from Federation to Reconciliation
101919 Australian Indigenous History: From first contact to 'dying race'
101799 Convicts and Settlers - Australian History 1788 - 1840
101999 Twentieth Century Australia


Geography and Urban Studies

Students must complete 40 credit points: one level 1 unit; 2 level 2 units; and 1 level 3 unit.

Level 1 units

101589 Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies

Level 2 units

101590 Cultural and Social Geographies
101591 The Economics of Cities and Regions
101646 Analysis of Spatial Data

Level 3 units

101905 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective

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