Dynamic Systems Theory at the University of Sydney, Faculty of Education and Social Work
Higher Degree by Research (HDR)
We welcome applications from suitably qualified students to undertake a higher degree (M.Phil, PhD, EdD) where the conceptual framework of the study is Dynamic Systems Theory and/or Neurobiology of development and learning. For an initial indication of interest, please contact Dr. Minkang Kim.
Specific entry requirements and research support provided by the University are detailed on the webpage of Faculty of Education and Social Work.
- Human Development in Context (EDPE 5002, MEd, Semester 2)
This is a core unit of study that critically examines models and theories of development, in the light of contemporary theory and research. In particular it draws on Dynamic Systems Theory, where situation and context are paramount in understanding child development. The aim is to understand the complexity of cognitive, language, emotional, social & moral and physical development, by considering the impact of history, culture, social context and neurobiology. Seminars address these issues by focusing on the development of children in the context of family, school, community and nation, as each individual child engages with the multiplicities of its experience of being in the world.
- Human Development and Education
(EDUF 1019, BEd, Semester 2)
This unit introduces students to the study of human development, including the development of the human brain, with particular emphasis on the development of early childhood through to adolescence. The Unit is premised on the view that teaching from a developmental perspective inevitably transforms teachers into problem solvers who adapt and modify their teaching and learning approaches, based on knowledge of factors that promote each child’s optimal development.
A core assumption of the unit is that the study of human development is cross-disciplinary; involving, in particular, psychology, philosophy of science and neurobiology, and that developmental theories, past and present, are open to question and debate. Students are therefore encouraged to engage in this study with critical and creative minds.
The lecture programme of the Unit focuses on the processes and products of human development, related to cognitive, physical, emotional, social, moral, and language development. The classical theories are considered and examined in the light of contemporary theory and research, drawing in particular on Dynamic Systems Theory and the neurobiology of the brain.
The tutorial programme is concerned with the teaching of values in schools and EC centres, including the creation of values-based learning environments. Also, with each participant's development as a human self, focusing in particular on the development of participants' professional skills and personal values.
- Honours Program (final three semesters of an undergraduate degree)
We welcome applications from suitably qualified undergraduate students to undertake Honours degree where the conceptual framework of the study is Dynamic Systems Theory and/or Neurobiology of development and learning. For an initial indication of interest, please contact Dr. Minkang Kim.
Specific entry requirements and expectations are detailed on the webpage of Faculty of Education and Social Work.