TECP202-21YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2021 (Distance)

Language, Social and Cultural Studies

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 February 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 28 May 2021


This course introduces contemporary thinking related to cultural studies, language teaching and learning, and social science education in the revised New Zealand Curriculum (2007). The course develops the knowledge, confidence, skills, attitudes and dispositions needed to successfully plan, teach and evaluate programmes in Learning Languages, Social Sciences and ESOL, and provides a theoretical and practical framework for responsive teaching that takes account of the diverse backgrounds of children in New Zealand primary school community contexts. Students will be introduced to resources, pedagogical strategies and approaches appropriate to teaching Social Sciences and Languages (including English as a Second Language, NZSL, te reo Maori and other languages). The course will complement learning in other courses in the Bachelor of Teaching and Learning, including Professional Practice.

*Please note this course is only available to initial teacher education students. To enrol in this course you need to be accepted and enrolled in one of our Initial Teacher Education programmes.

Learning Outcomes

  • On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • demonstrate an awareness of the way in which the vision, principles and values of the New Zealand Curriculum are enacted  through Learning Languages, Social Studies, and ESOL, and the interrelationships of these with other learning areas and with the provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • articulate the theoretical underpinnings and relevant research related to Learning Languages, Social Studies, ESOL and cultural studies
  • demonstrate familiarity with current policies, curriculum documents, support materials and appropriate resources for Learning Languages, Social Studies, ESOL and cultural studies
  • apply second language teaching methodology in the context of planning effective language lessons
  • plan for English language development across the curriculum for English as an Additional Language learners
  • demonstrate an awareness of conceptual issues related to identity construction, bi- and multiculturalism and bi- and multilingualism, and factors that contribute to cross-cultural misunderstandings
  • identify and apply strategies to address potential barriers to learning for culturally and linguistically diverse students, including Māori and Pasifika students
  • demonstrate knowledge of the nature, content and guidelines of Social Sciences in the New Zealand Curriculum to design, deliver, assess and evaluate effective Social Studies programmes
  • effectively use the social inquiry approach to critically examine multiple perspectives in relation to key concepts and issues in local, national and global contexts that frame teaching and learning in Social Sciences
  • utilise digital technologies to support teaching and learning in Learning Languages, Social Studies and ESOL

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00 A1 Lecture Theatre
15 Feb - 21 Feb

Timetable Note


Students enrolled in TECP202 -21YC1(D) are required to attend a compulsory face-to-face sessions at an On-Site Intensive (OSI) in Christchurch

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

Course Coordinator

Jocelyn Howard


Richard Manning and Nikki Tod


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Language and Culture Portfolio 07 Apr 2021 65%
Social Inquiry Planning and Justification 03 May 2021 35%

Textbooks / Resources

No required textbooks.
Links to all readings are provided on the TECP202 LEARN site.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

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. Work submitted may be analysed by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. Where there is evidence that cheating or plagiarism has occurred students will be awarded an X grade and the matter will be referred to the year level coordinator, and/or the Head of the School of Teacher Education

Assessment and grading system

Assessment procedures will follow the established policies of the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development  Assessment Guidelines.

Grading Scale
Grade    GPA      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

The score for each assessment item will be aggregated for the final grade. Normally a student will need to submit and pass all assignments in a course. However, at the time of the examiner’s meeting when one of the grades for an assignment is just below the passing grade and the other grades are at a satisfactory level, the examiner may also consider factors such as attendance, engagement and the tertiary literacy standard of the assignment. In consultation, the examiner may decide to award the aggregated scores/grades. Assessment procedures will follow the policies of the UC College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines. Final grades will be calculated and reported using the UC Common Grading Scale.


A student seeking credit in any course must attend such lectures, and perform satisfactorily such oral, practical, written and other work as the Head of Department/School concerned may require.
(University of Canterbury Calendar 2014, p.43)
Students are expected to attend all scheduled course sessions, actively engage with course content and actively participate in course activities in order to meet the learning outcomes of the course. Students are expected to notify lecturers prior to their absence with an explanation. Extended absences must be accompanied by a medical certificate or similar (as for aegrotat provisions).

The course will require student to access the course Learn site at least once every week. Students must engage with course content in every module plus complete associated readings, study guides, video clips, web links on the Learn site on a weekly basis. Students will also be required to complete weekly tasks online and/or in class.

Students with less than 80% attendance are at-risk of not meeting the criteria for seeking credit in the course. The course lecturer may require evidence that they have actively engaged with the content and activities of the missed sessions.

Attendance evidence
FLO students – attendance and active participation at On-site Intensives and Adobe Connect and Zoom (webinar) sessions, accessing of ECHO360 lecture recordings, accessing required material provided on Learn, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.
On Campus students –attendance and active participation at lectures, workshops, labs and/or Adobe Connect and Zoom  (webinar) sessions, accessing of ECHO360 recordings, accessing required material provided on Learn, completion of forum tasks, participation in educational setting/school visits and other requirements specified by the course coordinator.


Formal and informal evaluation will take place in accordance with the relevant Course Evaluation Policy, to provide feedback to staff about the relevance and validity of what has been learned as well as the quality of course delivery.

Late submission of work

All assignments must be submitted on or before the due date. If an assignment is late (without a prior arranged extension) then it will normally not be marked. However, if the course lecturer is notified within 24 hours of the due date and there is a genuine issue, for which evidence must be given, it may be considered but the assignment grade is usually restricted to a minimum passing grade (50%) for that assessment. If the assessment is late it is automatically excluded from a resubmission opportunity unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Other specific requirements

Tertiary literacy standard.
Assignments that do not meet a tertiary literacy standard will be marked but that mark will be sanctioned. The student will be given one opportunity to correct the assignment so that it demonstrates tertiary technical writing skills. These skills include the correct use of spelling (including the appropriate use of macrons when spelling Māori words), sentence structure, punctuation, paragraphing and the appropriate use of APA referencing. The corrected work must be resubmitted within seven calendar days.
Once the work is at an appropriate tertiary literacy standard the sanction on the mark will be removed.

Requests for extensions

Extensions are reserved for exceptional circumstances only and are not granted automatically. The course lecturer responsible for the assessment must be contacted by email a minimum of two working  days before the due date, and the application must be supported by relevant evidence (e.g. medical certificate, letter from counsellor). The student’s course lecturer will then make a recommendation to the course coordinator who will make a final decision. If an extension is granted there will normally be no resubmit given for that assignment. An extension will normally be for no more than two weeks and the date of the extension must be provided to the student in writing.

Extensions will not be granted because of pressure of university study, e.g. several pieces of work being due around the same time. The procedure for extensions is fully outlined in the College of Education, Health and Human Development Assessment Guidelines.


The option to resubmit assignments is not available for this course. However, any decision to grant a resubmission will be made by the course lecturer in consultation with the course coordinator and will be subject to the student concerned having demonstrated a satisfactory level of course attendance and participation.

Normally a resubmit will only be considered for assignments which meets most of the pass criteria and meets the tertiary literacy standards and which is within the ‘D’ range (40.00 – 49.99%).

Assignments which have been resubmitted are restricted to a minimum passing grade (C- or 50%) for that assessment. Students may only be granted one resubmission per course.

The timeframe for students resubmitting work will normally be no more than two weeks and the date of the resubmission must be provided to the student in writing.

Special Considerations

SWhere for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for what is known as “special consideration”. University of Canterbury Special Consideration provisions may apply to impaired performance, non-completion of assessment items, and to late discontinuation (withdrawal) from a course.

A detailed description of special consideration and materials to support the applications process are available at: Special Considerations Process.  

Generally speaking, applications for special considerations should be lodged within five working days of the due date of that assessment item. For more details on this, please refer to the Special Considerations Regulations.

This information replaces any previous references to special consideration, Aegrotat or Backdated (Late) Withdrawal in the Course Information System, Learn or Course Outlines. If you are unclear about the implications or process please discuss with your Course Coordinator or contact the Student Advice team for assistance.

Where to submit and collect work

Normally, assignments will be submitted and returned via the Learn site. It is the responsibility of the students to check their emails at least twice a week and ensure Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system is functioning.  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.

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).

It is a student’s responsibility to uplift marked work and feedback in a timely manner. It is strongly recommended that students retain a back-up copy of all submitted work.

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 Teacher Education .

All TECP202 Occurrences

  • TECP202-21YC1 (C) Year C First Half 2021
  • TECP202-21YC1 (D) Year C First Half 2021 (Distance)