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ESP3100 Social and Emotional Wellbeing in Contemporary Secondary School Context

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Education
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 23 May 2022


Pre-requisite: EDS2401 and Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BEDU or BSED


Modern schools are complex social environments due to rapid change impacting families, communities, technology, culture, government, and the economy and workplace reform. Influences such as globalisation, growth of digital technology, increasing social and cultural diversity, increasingly inequitable distribution of wealth, and the ongoing explosion of new knowledge are leading to unprecedented levels of stress across the social spectrum. Young people are being challenged to live with complexity, uncertainty and diversity more than ever before. Most cope well and adjust to the demands of contemporary life due to support from families, friends, schools and other social networks. An increasing number, however, are showing signs of distress. Many mental health problems and illnesses manifest themselves in the developmental period of 12-24 years of age. This group includes the typical secondary school student population. Schools play a crucial role in promoting health and wellbeing in their local communities, and society is increasingly turning to education as a source of positive influence on mental health outcomes for future generations. This course includes a Professional Experience placement of 15 days.

This course is designed to prepare pre-service teachers for teaching positions in secondary schools by helping them to develop an awareness of the nature of risk and the protective factors that impact on students' social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. Pre-service teachers will participate in a range of learning activities to develop knowledge of the warning signs of mental health problems and/or illness, and the curriculum and pedagogical approaches that promote wellbeing in school communities. Pre-service teachers will learn how to respond to students showing signs of distress, in particular distress related to bullying or cyberbullying. A health promotion model will be introduced and pre-service teachers will explore practical and innovative ways to promote health-enhancing cultures in their classrooms, through curriculum, and in school communities. The value of initiatives that enhance academic outcomes through social and emotional learning in the classroom will feature as a way to motivate schools to generate and implement policies dealing with social and emotional wellbeing. Pre-service teachers will explore the implications of teacher wellbeing as a precursor to promoting health in school communities.

A 15-day professional experience placement is attached to this course. For full details of the Professional Experience particulars, please refer to the Professional Experience website and the Professional Experience Book.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 External
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2022 External
Date printed 23 May 2022