EDUC101-24SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2024 start (Distance)

Spark! The Art & Science of Learning

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 11 November 2024
End Date: Sunday, 15 December 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 17 November 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 December 2024


In this course, we address how people learn as well as the social, political, and global contexts in which learning takes place. Together, we walk through the art and science of learning, including contemporary debates and discussions in anthropology, history, philosophy, sociology, and psychology. Through questions, we view learning from diverse perspectives to understand learning in Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere around the world. Course assessments are designed in a way that links theories of learning to any academic discipline or subject area while also giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a meaningful, purposeful, and unique way.

Learning is something that we do every day, and it can be in applied in settings ranging from classrooms to the workplace to sport and gaming. Therefore, it is our goal to support and guide students in ways to be insightful and successful not only in this course but also in their everyday lives. As part of this course, we will encourage students to think critically about their own learning process (both current strengths and those to develop in the future), individual and social outcomes which develop as a result of learning and education, and how to apply your knowledge for personal and professional success.

EDUC101 is a popular introductory course for students interested in the psychology and sociology of education. This course is also beneficial for students who are starting out at university and would like some insight into their own learning as well as how learning is shaped by broader political and historical contexts.
“I took this course for more personal reasons, an attempt to remind myself what university can be like beyond the pressure and GPA. I also wanted to address my curiosity about education and it’s something I very much want to be involved with more after my undergraduate studies. EDUC101 should be compulsory for all students. The content is hugely important, and tackling the issues that surround education will really only become feasible once there is a collective awareness of its current role in society and, furthermore, of its potential.” UC Student, Bachelor of Arts, Summer 2021

Anyone eligible to attend university may enrol in EDUC101.

Although these are not prerequisites, if you liked EDUC102 (Child and Adolescent Development), EDUC103 (Education, Culture and Society) and/or PSYC105 (Introductory Psychology - Brain, Behaviour and Cognition), then you may also like EDUC101.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have an understanding of key theories and concepts used in the study of learning;
  • Possess the skills needed to apply learning theories to a variety of academic and non-academic contexts;
  • Be able to link diverse theories of learning to their relevant discipline or subject area.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

      Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

      Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Biculturally competent and confident

      Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Valerie Sotardi

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

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