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EPA3200 Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy 2: Integrating Arts in the Classroom

Semester 2, 2020 On-campus Springfield
Short Description: Arts Curriculum & Pedagogy 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070103 - Teacher Education: Primary
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Margaret Baguley


Pre-requisite: EDX1250 and Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BEDU (Primary) or BPED


The second aim of the UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education (2006) affirms that experiences in arts education are the foundation for a balanced creative, cognitive, emotional, aesthetic and social approach for the development of people from birth to old age. The skills and expertise to provide high quality experiences for learners in both the conception and delivery of arts activities and awareness of their powerful ability to engage learners in a range of content areas is a central feature of this course. This course provides important knowledge, skills and understanding for pre-service teachers to maximise the effectiveness of the arts through integration with one another and also their ability to enhance learning in other key learning areas in the Australian Curriculum.


Building upon the foundation established in the first arts course this course encourages further in-depth exploration of the five arts subjects: Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts and provides pre-service teachers with the skills to both teach the Arts and to also understand how to integrate arts-based approaches to assist teaching in key learning areas of the Australian Curriculum such as: English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technologies, Health and Physical Education and Languages. This course will enable pre-service teachers to teach with, about, in and through the arts and understand and utilise important knowledge relevant to arts integration.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course in accordance with the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership’s (AITSL) Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST). On successful completion of this course pre-service teachers should be able to:

  1. use prior knowledge and demonstrate understanding of strategies to teach content of the five Arts forms and meet the learning needs (APST 2.1);
  2. acknowledge and apply strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement (APST 4.1);
  3. determine and apply strategies to plan for and implement effective arts-based methods to provide curriculum learning opportunities (APST 3.3);
  4. use assessment strategies appropriate for the Arts including formative and summative approaches to assess student learning (APST 5.1);
  5. use relevant and appropriate sources for teaching the Arts (APST 6.2);
  6. access and implement specialised arts expertise including research, associations and organisations, to enhance engagement with the arts in the school community (APST 7.4).


Description Weighting(%)
1. Understanding the transformative potential of the Arts in Education 15.00
2. The Arts Curriculum and Pedagogy: Drama, Dance, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts - Overview 20.00
3. Understanding the knowledge and principles of Arts integration 20.00
4. Teaching with, about, in and through the Arts 25.00
5. Planning for and integrating the Arts throughout the Curriculum 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Private Study 85.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 40 40 10 Sep 2020
ASSIGNMENT 2 60 60 21 Oct 2020

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library's referencing guide. This guide can be found at

  2. Students are required to demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of academic language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation, and referencing in all assessment responses. Marks allocated to the aforementioned criteria will be specified in the criteria for assessment of all assessment items.

  3. Students are required to submit ALL assignments to evidence meeting or exceeding the mandatory requirements of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APSTs).

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Education and is benchmarked against the:

  1. internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review
  2. Queensland College of Teachers
  3. Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST) of the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL).

Other requirements

  1. Participation: Students can expect it will be necessary to participate in and contribute to a range of learning opportunities in this course including online study activities, lectures, tutorials, seminar presentations, group discussions and self-directed study activities in order to apply the coursework that will enable quality assessment tasks to be submitted as evidence of professional development.

Date printed 6 November 2020