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Unit Overview


In this unit, pre-service teachers learn how to use systems and design thinking to teach children to become resourceful, innovative and enterprising creators of sustainable and ethical solutions. Pre-service teachers will explore how children can be supported to become creative and responsive designers, and to critically reflect on technology's role in their own lives as well as in society. Pre-service teachers will also engage with design processes to investigate, generate, evaluate, iterate and improve design ideas, processes and solutions. They will explore authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation, and will investigate, generate and critique their own innovative and ethically designed solution to a real-life problem. Pre-service teachers will explore the complexities of social sustainability and how child designers can be supported through project-based learning to develop resilience, basic enterprise skills and confidence to create, present and evaluate designed solutions to an audience.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Primary Education major sequence

Students are able to (1) discuss current research about sustainable futures education and the role of technology in sustainability; (2) describe how children can be supported to become creative and responsive designers who critically reflect on technology's role in their own lives as well as in society; (3) apply the design process and systems thinking to investigate, generate and critique an ethically designed solution to a real-life problem, and present this to an audience; (4) produce a designed solution to a problem by selecting and manipulating a range of tools, equipment, materials, systems and components creatively, competently and safely; and managing processes; and (5) design a series of learning experiences and assessments which engage children as resourceful, innovative and enterprising creators of sustainable and ethical solutions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) webpage; (2) design project and presentation; and (3) planning task. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit rules
Enrolment in
BH020 Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours)
Contact hours
30 hours
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.