EDUC101-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022

Spark! How & What People Learn

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 July 2022
End Date: Sunday, 13 November 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 31 July 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 2 October 2022


"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.

This course is not for the faint-hearted! In EDUC101, we tackle some wicked problems in the study of education, including: What is the purpose of education, and how does it differ from schooling? Who gets to decide what we learn and how we learn it? How can people learn most effectively, and why do students dislike school?

Above all, we ask a critical question:

Why, based on decades of research, should people become generalists—to avoid over-specialisation and, instead, to study a range of disciplines to succeed in the modern world?  
By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a range of academic disciplines that connect to educational studies. This includes: anthropology, comparative education, computer science and technology, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and teacher education. We believe that being a generalist, especially for Bachelor of Arts students, can be tremendously fulfilling.

Since learning and education are part of our daily lives, and it can be applied in settings ranging from classrooms to the workplace, from sport to gaming, our course is designed to encourage students to be insightful and succeed in this course and into their lives.

“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

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.

Timetable 2022

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 E7 Lecture Theatre
18 Jul - 28 Aug
12 Sep - 23 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Valerie Sotardi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Flexi Quizzes (6x) 60% Across the semester, students have six opportunities to complete a FlexiQuiz (fortnightly). These quizzes include a range of multi-choice and short-answer questions from the readings and lectures.
Final Project 40% Your final project includes two sections: (1) a brief essay (approximately 1,250 words) that asks you to respond the following question: What is the biggest problem we currently have in education, and why should we care? and (2) a five-minute, self-recorded presentation (not public to the class) where you explain, defend, and critique your essay.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $799.00

International fee $3,600.00

* 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 .

All EDUC101 Occurrences

  • EDUC101-22X (C) General non-calendar-based 2022 - Not Offered
  • EDUC101-22S2 (C) Semester Two 2022
  • EDUC101-22S2 (D) Semester Two 2022 (Distance)