Faculty of Education and Social Work

General Education

Are you a student in another faculty at The University of Auckland who wants to add value to your degree? Study Education, Disability Studies or Youth Work as one of your General Education courses.

Education and educational practises are vital to society. Whether you’re studying in an area such as management, human resources, psychology or health, or planning a career that involves working with people, education can add value to your degree.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers the following courses as part of the General Education schedule.

EDUC 100G: The Creative Process

Theories and practices of creativity will be examined and practically explored through a variety of disciplines, such as the arts, biology, psychology, sociology, philosophy and education. What is creativity? Can creativity be learnt? What happens in the brain when we are creative? These are some of the questions addressed in this course.


EDUC 104G: Sport in Society

This interdisciplinary course critically examines the socio-cultural, political and economic significance of sport within Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Sport serves as a major socialising agent for young New Zealanders, it has a symbiotic relationship with the media, shapes ‘our’ national identity, and has significant economic impact. Sport, however, has also been linked to various social costs and the entrenchment of various social divisions and inequities. The course will draw from scholars from different faculties/departments to understand how sport is embedded in the lives of people, constitutes identities and associated relations of power, and is closely connected to all major spheres of social life. This course, accordingly, uses sport as an exemplary site for examining the complex ways in which New Zealanders negotiate understandings of self, ethnicity, gender, sexualities, national identity, health, and lifestyle.

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EDUC 121G: How People Learn

From the time of Plato and Aristotle, writers have questioned the nature of the mind, brain, thought and memory.

Recent theories and models in cognitive psychology and neuroscience have led to an improved understanding of the functions of the human brain and the processes involved in thinking and learning. These processes are the basis of activities such as problem-solving, concept learning, information-processing, language and remembering.

This understanding has direct implications for the development of academic skills, especially in classrooms and instructional settings. Innovative national and international research has shown dramatic improvements in student learning based on instructional strategies that are alert to motivational issues, personality and culture.

This course will appeal to people who have asked themselves such questions as why some things seem easier to learn than others, why they forget things they once knew, and why some people learn faster than others.

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EDUC 122G: Learning Sexualities

Sexuality is a fundamental component of human identity with the potential to enhance our life as well as make it more challenging. The way that sexualities are socially conceived has enormous significance on our own lives and the lives of others.

All education has social effects. In sexuality education this is partly evidenced in its potential to influence an individual's sexual behaviour around, eg, safer sex practises.

This is a course for those who are interested in the role and significance of sexuality in education.

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DISABLTY 113G: Making Disabilities: The Construction of Ideas

This course examined the expression of social and cultural ideas of disability in popular culture through film, television and print media. The consequences of these representations are also discussed and their implications for perpetuating social devaluation, discrimination and disadvantage.

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YOUTHWRK 152G: Understanding New Zealand Youth

How and what do we learn about young people in New Zealand? This course offers an investigation of various avenues of youth expression and representation, and what they reveal about what it is to be a young person in New Zealand today.

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Other courses offered to students outside the Faculty of Education and Social Work

The Faculty of Education and Social Work offers the follwing Semester One course to BA, BCom, BTheol, or BSc students as part of the “Up to 30 points may be taken from other programmes offered by this University” in your degree structure. This course is not part of the University's General Education schedule.


EDUC 200: Youth Mentoring

A theoretical and applied study of youth mentoring. Students will develop an understanding of theories of youth and youth mentoring, examine current issues in youth mentoring such as cultural perspectives, developmental considerations, and contexts of youth mentoring. Students will also engage in a mentoring internship where they will demonstrate their ability to integrate and apply their developed knowledge and skills.

Youth Mentoring resources are available here.