MUSC5002 Curriculum Foundations

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
This unit is designed to provide students with a theoretical foundation of the nature of curriculum and principles of the curriculum development process, and to offer opportunity to examine creative pedagogy. Students investigate major theoretical models, current curriculum development practice, and emerging reform plans in curriculum organisation from across the world. Students explore how a strong curriculum can better facilitate critical enquiry, collaboration, communication, problem solving, and creative thinking. Further, both cultural and contextual implications are of primary concern as well as an analysis of representative teaching modes and assessment strategies. This unit is a compulsory unit in the Master of Music International Pedagogy (coursework and dissertation) (12550) and Master of Music International Pedagogy (coursework) (12570). It is also open to students enrolled in other majors and degree pathways who fulfil the prerequisites and who have an interest in teaching music.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a knowledge of the major theoretical models and current curriculum development practice; (2) demonstrate a knowledge of the basic principles of the curriculum development process; (3) demonstrate a knowledge of how culture, ideology, politics, and a global perspective influence local curriculum development; (4) demonstrate understanding of how creative expression is an essential component of curriculum development; (5) demonstrate a knowledge of how student-centred learning has the capacity to influence curriculum development, both locally and globally; and (6) demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the tenets of curriculuar development in the creation of student-centred learning environments locally and globally.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class/online individual presentation; (2) in-class/online individual presentation; and (3) written submissions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Alan Lourens
Contact hours
This is an on-campus residency unit. Pre-residency synchronous on-line class: 4 hours; on-campus residency face-to-face classes: 24 hours; post-residency asynchronous online cohort sessions: 8 hours
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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