TECE355-19YB1 (D) Year B First Half 2019 (Distance)

Social and Cultural Studies 1

15 points
28 Jan 2019 - 30 Jun 2019


Early childhood teachers need to be aware of the cultures within the society of Aotearoa/New Zealand. They must understand what it means to be bicultural and how to function as teachers in a multicultural society, guided by Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This course will focus on New Zealand as a bicultural and multicultural society, and develop students' knowledge and understanding of te Tiriti o Waitangi. This course will also provide students with an historical context within which to place contemporary early childhood provision in New Zealand.

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the content and intent of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and make links between this document and the role of an early childhood teacher
  • Analyse the bicultural nature of Aotearoa/New Zealand and what this means for an early childhood teacher in New Zealand
  • Analyse the intercultural nature of New Zealand and what this means for an early childhood teacher in New Zealand
  • Discuss issues related to racism and the impact on early childhood settings
  • Critically reflect on the historical context of early childhood education in New Zealand and analyse the impact of this on the provision of ECE in New Zealand today
  • Critically reflect on  child development theories and educational theories which have been influenced and shaped early childhood education in New Zealand

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 12:00 Rehua 529 4 Feb - 10 Feb
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 16:00 Wheki 106 29 Apr - 5 May
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 530 4 Feb - 10 Feb
02 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 009 4 Feb - 10 Feb
Workshop B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 530 4 Feb - 10 Feb
02 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 529 4 Feb - 10 Feb

Timetable Note



A compulsory two day Treaty of Waitangi Workshop is part of this course.

Any costs, including travel, accommodation, childcare etc, associated with attendance at the On-site Intensive are met by the student.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Robyn Stark


Richard Manning


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Topic Reflections and Discussion 14 Mar 2019 50%
Essay 23 May 2019 50% Autoethnographic essay


Required Texts

Tait, Gordon,1960-; Making sense of mass education; Second edition; Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Recommended Reading

May, Helen,1947-; Politics in the playground :the world of early childhood in New Zealand; Rev. ed; Otago University Press, 2009.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Students display academic integrity when they submit for assessment work that is their own. When this is not the case, the students are engaging in cheating or dishonest practices. All forms of  cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to Regulation J of the General Course and Examination Regulations. It is also inappropriate to submit sections of work completed for one course as part of an assignment for another course.

Assessment and grading system

Assessment procedures will follow the established policies of the UC College of Education Assessment Guidelines.
Both assessments must be submitted.

There are two pieces of assessment for this course, each assignment is weighted as above. Satisfactory completion of each assignment to at least a pass grade (C-) is required to pass the course.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA Value        Marks

A+              9            90 – 100
A                8            85 – 89.99
A-               7            80 – 84.99
B+              6            75 – 79.99
B                5            70 – 74.99
B-               4            65 – 69.99
C+              3            60 – 64.99
C                2            55 – 59.99
C-               1            50 – 54.99
D                0            40 – 49.99
E               -1             0 – 39.99


Students must engage with course materials via the online modules, participate in scheduled online group discussions in the LEARN site, and complete the work provided in the LEARN site in order to meet the course learning outcomes. Students must attend the scheduled On Site Intensive (OSI) sessions for the TECE355 course. Students must notify the course lecturer prior to their absence (via email) with an explanation. Extended absences online must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar.

Grade moderation

Internal moderation.

Late submission of work

FLO assignments submitted by drop-box after the due date, with no extension granted, are considered 'late'. Please refer to the Assessment Guidelines for Students. 'Late' work will be accepted up to one week after the due date. The highest grade a 'late' assignment can achieve is a C-. Lecturers reserve the right not to mark late work, and no work will be accepted after the assignments have been returned to students.

Other specific requirements

Students must attend and participate in the two day Treaty of Waitangi Workshop in order to pass this course unless they have a special exemption based on their recent completion of the Treaty of Waitangi workshops in another course at the University of Canterbury.

Requests for extensions

Under exceptional circumstances (e.g.. illness, accident, bereavement or critical personal circumstances) individual students may be granted an extension of the due date for an assignment. There is, however, a limit to the length of time that an extension can be granted and this should be negotiated with the course coordinator in the first instance. Extensions will not normally be given for longer than one week from the due date, unless exceptional circumstances prevail. Extensions are not granted automatically to students. Requests for extensions should be emailed to the course coordinator at least two working days prior to the due date for the assignment. Relevant evidence such as a medical certificate or a letter from a counsellor may be required in order for the course coordinator to make a decision about whether or not to grant an extension. A copy of the course coordinator’s email confirming the extension (if granted) and any supporting documentation must be attached to and submitted with the assignment. Extensions will not normally be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due at about the same time. Students are encouraged to plan their work in a realistic manner and in advance so that they can meet their assessment deadlines.


Resubmissions are restricted to work that is originally submitted on or before the due date. Late assignments are not normally considered for resubmission unless there are exceptional circumstances. If the student's assignment work meets most of the criteria required to pass, they may be given the opportunity to resubmit the assignment to bring it to a passing standard. Students will have one week from the return of an assignment, to resubmit their work. A resubmitted assignment cannot be awarded more than the minimum passing grade (C- or 50%)

Where to submit and collect work

Students will be expected to submit their assessments via the online assessment system in the Learn class site by 5.00pm on or before the due date. The lecturer may also ask students to submit assessment work through the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. If this option is available students will submit work through Turnitin and obtain a report, after submitting assignments for marking via the Learn site.

It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system.  Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. (Students who have unreliable internet access are advised to attend to this early in the course to prevent last minute pressures.) For ICT help call our free call number 0508 UC IT HELP (0508 824 843) or on 03 369 5000.  Monday to  Friday, 8am to 5pm (excluding public and university holidays).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $761.00

International fee $3,188.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST 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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