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EDWB601 Perspectives on Wellbeing

Unit rationale, description and aim

The wellbeing of young people has come under increasing strain in recent years due to a range of issues such as the Global Pandemic and proliferation of social media use and risk-taking behaviour Understanding the enablers and barriers to students' well-being is critical to inform the selection of whole-school approaches to well-being. 

In this unit, students will explore the multi-dimensional definitions and concepts of 'wellbeing' and key theoretical perspectives as well as philosophical underpinnings, including principles of Catholic Social Teaching, that are shaping research, policy development and practice in wellbeing. They will analyse key international, national and local policies and practice frameworks relevant to enabling the wellbeing of children and young people and identify critical issues within our communities that are currently having an impact on the wellbeing of children. Students will also explore strength-based approaches, cognitive, behavioural and social strategies to foster student wellbeing and build resilience and support networks. They will have opportunities to design an initial action plan to address and identified critical issue at the 'whole school' or 'whole-of-context' level.  

The aim of this unit is to support students in developing the required foundation knowledge, understanding and skills they need to promote the wellbeing of students in schools. 

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

Learning Outcome NumberLearning Outcome DescriptionRelevant Graduate Capabilities
LO1Articulate the complex and multi-dimensional concept of “wellbeing” across relevant disciplines (e.g., education, health, and the social sciences) and consider why wellbeing is so important to address in school and other learning contexts (APST HA 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 4.4; Lead 4.1, 7.1, 7.2)GC1
LO2Analyse key theoretical perspectives as well as philosophical underpinnings (e.g., inclusion, social justice and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching) that are shaping wellbeing research, policy development and practice (APST HA 1.1, 1.3, 4.4; Lead 4.1, 7.1, 7.2 )GC1, GC6
LO3Review the critical role of educators and allied professionals as change agents for social justice, inclusive practices, and wellbeing in schools and the wider community (APST HA 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 4.4; Lead 4.1, 7.1, 7.2)GC1
LO4Critically analyse key international, national and local policies and practice strength-based approaches, frameworks and strategies relevant to promoting and sustaining the wellbeing of children and young people and articulate common elements and differences  (APST HA 1.1, 1.3, 4.4; Lead 4.1, 7.1, 7.2)GC1
LO5Design initial action plans, informed by local policies, practice frameworks and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching to address critical issues at a “whole school” or “whole-of-context” level  (APST HA 1.1, 1.2, 1.3; Lead 4.1, 4.4, 7.1, 7.2)GC2, GC8


On successful completion of this unit, students should have gained evidence towards the following standards: 

1.1 Physical, Social and intellectual development and characteristics of students

Select from a flexible and effective repertoire of teaching strategies to suit the physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students. 

1.2 Understand how students learn

Expand understanding of how students learn using research and workplace knowledge. 

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

Support colleagues to develop effective teaching strategies that address the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. 

4.4 Maintain student safety

Initiate and take responsibility for implementing current school and/or system, curriculum and  legislative requirements to ensure student wellbeing and safety. 


On successful completion of this unit, students should have gained evidence towards the following standards: 

1.3 Students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds

Evaluate and revise school learning and teaching programs, using expert and community knowledge and experience, to meet the needs of students with diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

4.1 Support student participation

Demonstrate and lead by example the development of productive and inclusive learning environments across the school by reviewing inclusive strategies and exploring new approaches to engage and support all students.

7.1 Meet professional ethics and responsibilities

Model exemplary ethical behaviour and exercise informed judgements in all professional dealings with students, colleagues and the community.

7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements

Initiate, develop and implement relevant policies and processes to support colleagues’ compliance with and understanding of existing and new legislative, administrative, organisational and professional responsibilities .


Topics will include:

  • 1a. multi-dimensional definitions and concepts of wellbeing
  • 1b. Wellbeing as a global and local concern 
  • 2a. Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the role of educators and allied professionals as change agents for social justice, inclusive practices and wellbeing 
  • 3a. International, national and local policies relevant to the wellbeing of children and young people 
  • 3b. Local practice frameworks and approaches to enhancing wellbeing and learning engagement focusing on leadership, inclusion, support, student voice and partnerships
  • 3c. Current critical issues within the community that impact on the wellbeing and learning engagement of students 
  • 4a. Strengths-based approaches, cognitive, behavioural and social strategies to foster student well-being and build resilience and support networks
  • 4b. Establishing collaborative networks and designing initial action plans to address issues of concern at a “whole-school” or “whole-of-context” level  

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Engagement for learning is the key driver in the delivery of this curriculum. This unit is supported by a Learning Management System (LMS) site, and the use of the LMS will be integral to the unit in exploring concepts and testing understandings and propositions. Approaches used may include lectures, engagement with the literature, self-directed learning, critical reflection against relevant professional standards, case studies, dialogue and interrogation of concepts, theories and practices, and the application of learning to current professional contexts. The aim is to design a reflective and reflexive learning space for participants to consider and discuss the importance of student wellbeing and the relevance of teachers’ wellbeing and teaching practice

This is a 10-credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the semester.


Mode of delivery: This unit will be offered in one or more of modes of delivery described below, chosen with the aim of providing flexible delivery of academic content.

  • On Campus: Most learning activities or classes are delivered at a scheduled time, on campus, to enable in-person interactions. Activities will appear in a student’s timetable.
  • Intensive: In an intensive mode, students require face-to-face attendance on weekends, or any block of time determined by the school. Students will have face-to-face interactions with lecturer(s) to further their achievement of the learning outcomes. This unit is structured with required upfront preparation before workshops. The online learning platforms used in this unit provide multiple forms of preparatory and practice opportunities for students to prepare and revise. 
  • Multi-mode: Learning activities are delivered through a planned mix of online and in-person classes, which may include full-day sessions and/or placements, to enable interaction. Activities that require attendance will appear in a student’s timetable.
  • Online unscheduled: Learning activities are accessible anytime, anywhere. These units are normally delivered fully online and will not appear in a student’s timetable. 
  • Online scheduled: All learning activities are held online, at scheduled times, and will require some attendance to enable online interaction. Activities will appear in a student’s timetable. 

Assessment strategy and rationale

The assessment tasks for this unit are designed for students to demonstrate achievement of each of the learning outcomes. In addition, the tasks represent an opportunity to align with the individual needs of students and their professional contexts. The assessment tasks are cumulative in their requirements, demonstrating how the complexities that surround student wellbeing and how policy and practice frameworks are designed to foster wellbeing. There are two assessment tasks designed as bite-size, achievable and palatable tasks. The assessment strategy used allows students to demonstrate their knowledge related to perspectives on wellbeing in a creative and practical manner. 

The assessment strategy is designed for students to acquire specific student wellbeing knowledge and apply their skills to their individual circumstance. In addition, the tasks seek to address specific needs, requirements and circumstances of individual participants in their professional educational contexts. 

In order to successfully complete this unit, postgraduate students need to complete and submit two graded assessment tasks. The first task involves an analysis of policy frameworks related to wellbeing and engagement for learning which will be presented using multi-media. The second task is a review of literature focus on priority issues in their professional context.  

In order to pass this unit, students are required to submit both assessment tasks, achieve a Pass grade in Assessment Task 2, and gain an overall Pass result equivalent to 50% or more for the unit.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning Outcomes

Assessment Task 1: Multi-media presentation of policy frameworks 

This task requires students to compare the common elements of international, national and local policies and practice frameworks guiding student wellbeing. Findings from a critical analysis of policy frameworks will be presented using a multi-media presentation for professional learning as negotiated with the Lecturer-in-Charge (LIC).


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

Assessment Task 2: Review of the Literature   

This task requires students to identify a priority issue impacting on student wellbeing in their present professional context. Use the literature to inform the development of strategies and school policies in relation to strategies to explore social and collegial relationships (i.e. Mentoring, buddy systems, afterschool programs, pastoral care/classes). Also consider the issue in relation to the principles of Catholic Social Teaching as well as current policy priorities and present a summary of the policies and practices commonly recommended in the literature for addressing the identified priority issue.  


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5

Representative texts and references

Australian Government Australian Institute for Teaching and Leadership (2023) Retrieved from

Australian Government, Department of Education and Training. (2017b). Student wellbeing hub. Retrieved from  

Arnot, M., & Reay, D. (2007). A Sociology of Pedagogic Voice: Power, inequality and pupil consultation. Discourse (Abingdon, England), 28(3), 311–325. 

Buchanan, D., Hargreaves, E., & Quick, L. (2022). Schools closed during the pandemic: revelations about the well-being of ‘lower-attaining’ primary-school children, Education 3-13, DOI:10.1080/03004279.2022.2043405  

Ciarrochi, J., Hayes, S.C., Oades, L.G. & Hofmann, S.G. (2022). Toward a Unified Framework for Positive Psychology Interventions: Evidence-Based Processes of Change in Coaching, Prevention, and Training. Front. Psychol. 12:809362. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.809362  

Cohen, J. (2006). Social, emotional, ethical, and academic education: Creating a climate for learning, participation in democracy, and well-being. Harvard Educational Review, 76(2), 201–237. 

Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D., & Schellinger, K. B. (2011). The Impact of Enhancing Students’ Social and Emotional Learning: A Meta-Analysis of School-Based Universal nterventions: Social and Emotional Learning. Child Development, 82(1), 405–432. 

Fielding, M. (2004). Transformative approaches to student voice: theoretical underpinnings, recalcitrant realities. British Educational Research Journal, 30(2), 295–311.

Graham, A., Anderson, D., Truscott, J., Simmons, C., Thomas, N. P., Cashmore, J., & Bessell, S. (2022). Exploring the associations between student participation, wellbeing and recognition at school. Cambridge Journal of Education, 52(4), 453–472. 

Graham, A., Powell, M. A., Thomas, N., & Anderson, D. (2017). Reframing “well-being” in schools: the potential of recognition. Cambridge Journal of Education, 47(4), 439–455. 

Kennewell, E., Curtis, R.G., Maher, C. et al. The relationships between school children’s wellbeing, socio-economic disadvantage and after-school activities: a cross-sectional study. BMC Pediatr 22, 297 (2022). 

Pearce, T. C., & Wood, B. E. (2019). Education for transformation: an evaluative framework to guide student voice work in schools. Critical Studies in Education, 60(1), 113–130. 

Powell, M. A., Graham, A., Fitzgerald, R., Thomas, N., & White, N. E. (2018). Wellbeing in schools : what do students tell us? Australian Educational Researcher, 45(4), 515–531. 

Rudduck, J., & Fielding, M. (2006). Student voice and the perils of popularity. Educational Review (Birmingham), 58(2), 219–231. 

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