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Teaching and learning

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offer a range of courses from our three schools in the areas of Communication, Education, and International Studies.

International ranking

The Faculty is part of a university that is well recognised and regarded internationally as reflected in the major rankings:

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UTS Model of Learning

The Faculty follows the UTS Model for Learning — Learning.Futures, which provides the framework for practice-oriented learning and teaching at UTS, which links to the development of graduate attributes and curriculum design that values diversity and inclusivity and draws on implications of different ideas about learning.

The model has three distinctive features that are interrelated in the UTS student experience of practice-oriented learning:

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Practice-orientated learning

An integrated exposure to professional practice through dynamic and multifaceted modes of practice-oriented education.

In the Faculty, students gain from the experience of real world education. Here's just some of what we offer:

  • Academic staff who add value with up-to-date industry and community knowledge to improve the student experience
  • Frequent guest lecturers: top industry contacts who share their unique views with students and staff
  • Simulations and roleplays to help students become work ready
  • Assignments based on authentic professional tasks, set against high academic and industry standards
  • Capstone projects in many communication courses which students can demonstrate the skills they’ve developed throughout their degree
  • Media arts and production facilities, edit studios, computer labs, media lab equipment store to assist students in production subjects shoot, record and produce projects

Subjects giving students the experience of the workplace:

  • The compulsory subject for students in the Social and Political Sciences major — Professional Pathways Project
  • The elective subject Professional Internship (open to Communication students) which places students into the media and communications industry, blending theory and practice to develop graduates into professionals
  • Teacher education undergraduate students do six professional experience subjects throughout the degree and have the opportunity to go on an international prac trip
  • International studies students go In-Country Study in the 4th year of their degree to be fully immersed in the language and culture of their country of choice

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What students say about their professional internship

“I ended up in a Digital Advertising Agency called TheFARM, writing creative briefs, attending client meetings and learning all about the complex world of social media. … My friends can’t believe my job is spending time on Facebook!” — Natalie Greaves

“I believe that taking this subject opened the doors for me to pursue a career in writing and communications for which I’m very grateful for. It exceeded my expectations and has been a great step in my professional development.” — Katrina Ford

Teaching, Technologies, Innovation and Support Unit

The Teaching, Technologies, Innovation and Support Unit (TTISU) has responsibility for developing expertise in and advising academic staff across the faculty on blended, flipped and hybrid learning, including the use of new technologies, development of new subject or teaching materials and learning tools, management of curriculum development and building the faculty’s overall teaching and learning excellence. TTISU will also be engaging in collaboration outside of UTS to form strong partnerships with industry and other stakeholders.

Located on Level 5 of Building 10, you can speak to TTISU about;

  • Learning.futures, including the use of new technologies in pedagogy
  • Developing teaching materials and learning tools
  • Managing curriculum development, course evaluation, reaccreditation and timetabling
  • Building the faculty’s overall capability in online/blended learning
  • Support for the use of UTS online tools including UTS Online, CASS, CIS, etc
  • Internships and work experience placements
  • Strategy and management of faculty level academic programs

For more information and details on how to talk to TTISU, UTS staff can visit the FASS TTISU page on Staff Connect (authentication required).

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