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ECS721 - Learning Beyond the Classroom: Local Communities

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Enrolment modes:

(B, X)

Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 2
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

(For students enrolled in course E760 only)

Unit chair:R Buchanek
Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 hours per week or equivalent



This unit utilises both disciplinary and interdisciplinary pedagogies. It begins by exploring the disciplinary content of the Humanities, Societies and Environments teaching and learning area (Geography, History, Economics, and Civics and Citizenship) and familiarises students with current curriculum documents which identify learning standards in associated domains. After considering dominant classroom pedagogies used within, and outside of the school classroom, learners explore theories around notions of cultural institutions, and identify a number of sites for possible learning in Humanities  domains. Simultaneously, the class will explore constructions of multidimensional citizenship, focussing on temporal (history and futures), spatial (geographic) and sustainable (economic) dimensions. Students study project based and inquiry learning, as well as workshop based activities highlighting practical applications of theoretical understandings developed in this course.


Digital profile of local community: 15 min video and 800 word written report (40%)
Project Design: School-Community Partnership: 2500 words (40%)
Annotated Literature Journal: 1000 words (20%)


Prescribed texts

Slaughter, RA 2005, Futures thinking for social foresight, Tamkang University Press, Taiwan.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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