EDUC101-21S2 (D) Semester Two 2021 (Distance)

Spark! How & What People Learn

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


"Wait, what?"In this course, we address this and other questions about life to understand how people learn as well as the social, political, and global contexts in which learning takes place. Through these 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 link theories of learning to any academic discipline or subject area while also giving you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a unique way which can improve your studies at UC as well as the local Christchurch community.

"(EDUC101) has been my first education paper and it has definitely sparked an interest and laid what I feel is very important groundwork.” – Student, 2018

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.

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.

"I wanted to send a thank you e-mail for such a well organised and interesting course. I found the topics covered super interesting, and as it was the last paper I was doing before graduating I am glad I chose this course.  This course has left me with a very different outlook on education and learning than when I came into it and I've start to consider what is valued in education and what is truly important in regards to end results quite a lot differently than before." EDUC101 Summer School 2018 student

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

Christoph Teschers


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Learning Reflections 30% 100 words minimum plus responses - Weekly
Mastery Check Quizzes x3 30% Must be completed before 15 August 2021, 26 September 2021 and 24 October 2021 respectively
Learning Portfolio 28 Oct 2021 40% Includes two sections: (1) your notes from lectures and readings (in any format that works best for you), and (2) the mini-essay is 1,000 words in length (+/-10%; excluding full references at the end)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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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