The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) is dedicated to practice-oriented teaching in communication and media, languages and culture, and education. During the summer session, FASS is offering a wide variety of subjects (with over 25 to choose from) that can contribute to courses in Communication, Education and International studies. There’s also a variety of university wide electives that you may be interested in.

Have a browse through the FASS flyer to see what appeals to you during Summer at UTS.

Important: If you decide to withdraw from a spring session subject, you will not be able to re-enrol. Please consider this as the summer session class may already be full.

All subjects available.

These subjects will broaden your academic experience and are generally available as electives in your course.Use these subjects to broaden your academic experience. Refer to the UTS handbook for more information.  

Usually available as electives in your course, internships and industry work opportunities are a great way to gain valuable experience and develop your skills while you’re studying. Please check the availability of internship subjects in your course listing in the handbook.

Work experience subjects are a compulsory part of your course. Find out what it’s like to work in your industry whilst gaining relevant knowledge throughout your UTS course.

These subjects have been developed to assist you in improving upon your current skills in various areas that are relevant to your studies. These subjects do not hold a credit point value.

Consider giving your degree a real international edge. Going on Exchange will enhance your understanding of language, culture and context of your chosen country.

HELPS provides non-credit point English language and academic literacy support to UTS undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Learn competencies that will assist you on your career path. Short Courses do not contribute to your current degree, but will provide you with professional skills that can be applied to the real world.

Aboriginal Sydney Now (013992)

Engaging with contemporary Indigenous culture and seeing Sydney in a new way–if this is something that captures your interest, then Aboriginal Sydney Now should definitely be on your radar. Developed by the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, Aboriginal Sydney Now focuses on Aboriginal Sydney as a means for exploring current and historical ideas about culture, country and community. By participating in this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous professional capability – a knowledge that will prove valuable throughout your studies and your career.

Aboriginal Sydney Now (013993)

Engaging with contemporary Indigenous culture and seeing Sydney in a new way–if this is something that captures your interest, then Aboriginal Sydney Now should definitely be on your radar. Developed by the Centre for the Advancement of Indigenous Knowledges, Aboriginal Sydney Now focuses on Aboriginal Sydney as a means for exploring current and historical ideas about culture, country and community. By participating in this subject, you will gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous professional capability – a knowledge that will prove valuable throughout your studies and your career.

Numeracy for Lifelong and Lifewide Learning (028289)

This subject is designed for education students to examine and develop their own approaches to learning numeracy for professional, academic and personal purposes. Numeracy is sometimes understood as basic mathematical skills, however, the subject takes a broader sociocultural perspective that views numeracy as what people do with mathematical ideas, methods and skills in a wide range of activities. Such a perspective acknowledges that there are multiple numeracies, because numeracy in practice is influenced by its particular social, cultural and historical context. This perspective also recognises that people develop numeracy in different ways, bringing different histories and purposes into developing their numeracy.
In this subject, students investigate how numeracy practices are constituted socioculturally; mediated through language, mathematics and other symbolic and material tools; and imbued with power relations. Students design and carry out a numeracy investigation around an issue or topic of their choice.

Reflective Academic Practice (010045)

This subject enables participants to extend their awareness of the broader context of academic work in a practice-oriented university. Participants have the choice of exploring a wide range of topics relevant to their academic work, including research supervision or research-led teaching in their discipline. Credit can be gained towards subject completion by participating in professional development activities offered in the University, such as the LEAP modules on entrepreneurship or project management. The subject also provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their learning over the course as a whole and identify practical learning outcomes for their own practice.

Scholarly Teaching and Learning Project (010044)

This subject draws together and builds on what participants have learned in other course subjects and their previous teaching experience. It involves participants undertaking a scholarly project focused on understanding and improving selected aspects of their teaching and learning. Participants choose an area they would like to investigate, and undertake one plan-act-observe-reflect cycle. This means they will plan a change to their teaching or subject, implement the change, collect information about its effects, and reflect on the information. The project is informed by scholarly literature related to higher education in general and/or to teaching and learning in the participant’s discipline. Participants may choose to develop their project further and communicate it to achieve publishable outcomes.

Student Learning and Teaching Approaches (010042)

Participants in this subject develop their understanding of key ideas from empirical research on student learning and teaching in higher education. This enables them to reflect on and review their teaching from the perspective of this research. This subject teaches participants to become more aware of students’ approaches to their learning; the influences of the learning environment on students’ approaches to learning; and relations between learning approaches and the quality of the learning outcome. Participants relate this to their approaches to teaching; the nature of good teaching; and teaching strategies which encourage high quality student learning. They will seek feedback on their own teaching from students and peers, and make use of this feedback and the research to plan changes to their teaching to improve the learning environment for students.