Civics and Citizenship Professional Learning Program for Teachers - PDA1030

This pilot professional learning program is a collaboration between Monash University, the Australian Catholic University, and the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

The four week course will focus on content knowledge and classroom practice for teaching Civics and Citizenship. We offer teachers the option of completing the eight modules of this course fully online or via blended learning.

The aim of this course is to enhance teacher capacity in areas of:

  • Implementing the Victorian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship Levels 3-10
  • Developing political, legal, and sociological content knowledge related to the curriculum
  • Pedagogy and classroom practice for Civics and Citizenship, including strategies for teaching the curriculum through contemporary issues
  • Enacting student voice and agency
  • Effective identification and use of resources
  • Approaches to assessment tools and tasks.

Fully online

The fully-online offering of this course enables teachers to complete all eight modules at their own pace. There are optional live Zoom sessions at the start and end of the course, and quizzes made available and due within set dates during the course.

Blended learning

In the blended learning offering, teachers will complete four modules online, structured similarly to the fully-online offering. Teachers will complete the other four modules in a one day face-to-face workshop. The workshop is compulsory, and will take place either in Melbourne or Ballarat. Please note that both blended learning offerings have transitioned to online. Online live workshops will take place on the same days and times as the Melbourne and Ballarat workshops.

Please note: Whilst not guaranteed, we will take your preference into account when making final cohort assignments.

Places are limited. Victorian teachers accepted only.

Fees

Free
Available for Victorian teachers only

Who should attend

This course is designed for all primary and secondary school teachers from Government, Independent, and Catholic schools across Victoria. Teachers will have the opportunity to enhance their pedagogical content knowledge through evidence-based best practice, including opportunities for collaboration, modelling of best teaching practice, and feedback.

Teaching teams from schools are encouraged to apply.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, teachers will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the Victorian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship Education Levels 3-10 (CCE)
  2. Demonstrate understanding of content knowledge in Victorian CCE
  3. Develop and scope pedagogical and applied knowledge in Victorian CCE
  4. Demonstrate understanding of student voice and agency in Victorian CCE
  5. Develop and scope Victorian CCE teaching and learning that includes student voice and agency

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Course schedule

The course runs over six weeks. There are four weeks of active learning, with a total time commitment of 10 hours.

This course is structured to be self-guided, to be completed at times that best suit learners. There are two live Zoom sessions at the commencement and conclusion of the course, which are optional to attend.

WeekModule

Week 1

6 - 10 September 2021

‘Welcome and Orientation to the Course’ (Live)*

Module 1: ‘Foundations of Australian Government & Democracy’ (Content Knowledge)

Module 2: ‘Laws & Citizens in Australia’ (Content Knowledge)

Week 2

13 - 17 September 2021

Module 3: ‘Representation & Australian Democracy’ (Content knowledge)

Module 4: ‘Citizenship, Diversity & Identity’ (Content Knowledge)

Week 3

4 - 8 October 2021

Module 5: ‘Co-constructing Knowledge & Meaning’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Module 6: ‘Student Voice & Agency for Engaged Citizenship’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Week 4

11 - 15 October 2021

Module 7: ‘Critical Learning for Active Citizenship’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Module 8: ‘Teaching Contemporary Issues for Global Citizenship’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

‘Sharing of Teaching and Learning Integration Plans’ (Live)*

*Optional live Zoom sessions dates are:

  • Welcome and Orientation to the Course: Week 1, Tuesday, 7 September 2021, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Sharing of Teaching and Learning Integration Plans: Week 4, Thursday, 14 October 2021, 6:00-7:00pm

Assessment

Learners will complete three online quizzes throughout the program and submit a Teaching and Learning Integration Plan during the final week.

  • Quiz 1: Week 1, 10 - 11 September 2021
  • Quiz 2: Week 2, 17 - 18 September 2021
  • Quiz 3: Week 3, 8 - 9 October 2021
  • Quiz 4: Week 4, 15 - 16 October 2021
  • Teaching and Learning Integration Plan: Week 4, 16 October 2021

Download the course structure

Course schedule

The course runs over six weeks. There are four weeks of active learning, with a total time commitment of 10 hours.

During the second week, teachers will attend a face-to-face workshop in either Melbourne or Ballarat. They will cover four of the eight modules during this workshop.

Week Engagement typeModule

Week 1

6 - 10 September 2021

Online live Zoom session*

‘Welcome and Orientation to the Course’ (optional)

Online self-guided

Module 1: ‘Foundations of Australian Government & Democracy’ (Content Knowledge)

Module 2: ‘Laws & Citizens in Australia’ (Content Knowledge)

Week 2

13 - 17 September 2021

Face-to-face live workshop*

Module 3: ‘Representation & Australian Democracy’ (Content knowledge)

Module 4: ‘Citizenship, Diversity & Identity’ (Content Knowledge)

Module 5: ‘Co-constructing Knowledge & Meaning’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Module 6: ‘Student Voice & Agency for Engaged Citizenship’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Week 3

4 - 8 October 2021

Online self-guided

Module 7: ‘Critical Learning for Active Citizenship’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Module 8: ‘Teaching Contemporary Issues for Global Citizenship’ (Pedagogical & Applied Knowledge)

Week 4

11 - 15 October 2021

Online live Zoom session*

‘Sharing of Learning and Teaching Plans’ (optional)

*Synchronous engagement dates are:

  • Optional Zoom Session (Welcome and Orientation): Week 1, Monday, 6 September 2021, 6:00-7:00pm
  • Face-to-Face Workshop
    • Melbourne: Week 2, Monday, 13 September 2021, 9:00am-3:30pm
    • Ballarat: Week 2, Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 9:00am-3:30pm
  • Optional Zoom Session (Sharing of Teaching and Learning Integration Plans): Week 4, Thursday, 14 October 2021, 6:00-7:00pm

Assessment

Learners will complete three online quizzes throughout the program and submit a Teaching and Learning Integration Plan during the final week.

  • Quiz 1: Week 1, 10 - 11 September 2021
  • Quiz 2: Week 2, 17 - 18 September 2021
  • Quiz 3: Week 3, 8 - 9 October 2021
  • Quiz 4: Week 4, 15 - 16 October 2021
  • Teaching and Learning Integration Plan: Week 4, 16 October 2021

Download the course structure

Educator biographies

Dr Zareh Ghazarian  (BSc, BA(Hons), PhD)

Dr Zareh Ghazarian is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. His research focuses on Australian politics as well as civics and citizenship education and how young Australians develop skills and knowledge to participate in Australian democracy. Most recently, Zareh has been a Chief Investigator on civics and citizenship projects including the Victorian Curriculum Civics and Citizenship Levels 3-10 School Implementation and Delivery Report for the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.

Dr Marc Pruyn (BA, MA, PhD)

Marc Pruyn is a Senior Lecturer and academic in the School of Curriculum, Teaching & Inclusive Education within the Faculty of Education at Monash University. His research and teaching focus on the humanities and citizenship, social, multicultural and social justice education. He is co-founder of the ‘Youth Citizenship Project’, a community-based research initiative seeking to understand and support the ways in which Victorian youth understand and live their ‘citizenship identities’.

Dr Elham M. Foomani (BA, MA, PhD)

Elham M. Foomani is a Teaching Associate and academic in the faculties of Education and Arts at Monash University. Her research interests lie in Education for Social Justice, Gender Studies, and Citizenship Education. She is a Senior Research Assistant in the ‘Youth Citizenship Project’ that seeks to understand identity, belonging, and citizenship among youths in Australia. Currently, she is the project manager for the Civics and Citizenship Professional Learning Program, a collaboration between Monash University and Australian Catholic University which is funded by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.