Flinders University seeks to foster excellence, innovation and flexibility in teaching in order to enrich the learning environment and enhance effective learning by its students.

It accepts that all learning must involve a complex interplay of active and receptive processes, but teaching at Flinders is underpinned by the assumption that students should, as much as possible, be engaged as active participants in the learning process. It follows that ideas and views expressed as part of that active engagement ought to be appreciated and respected by others involved in the learning and teaching process.

Through its teaching, Flinders aims for its students to:

  • be challenged to master a coherent body of knowledge and engage with the intellectual foundations of one or more academic disciplines;
  • develop intellectual and cultural curiosity;
  • acquire a capacity and willingness to challenge assumptions and embrace new thinking;
  • understand the ethical, social and moral implications of knowledge and responsible citizenship;
  • develop transferable learning skills and a commitment to life-long learning;
  • experience, particularly at undergraduate level, campus-based learning and teaching, and have the benefit of meeting and interacting on a regular basis with students and staff within a collegial academic environment;
  • develop a better overall understanding of social, cultural, technological, scientific and economic issues as they affect the wider community, and a deeper level of understanding of these issues as they relate to a student? area of study;
  • gain opportunities to interact, work and communicate with others effectively to achieve both collective and individual goals; and
  • embrace a diverse range of perspectives on learning and an awareness of global, national, regional and local contexts, and develop a commitment to make contributions at all levels of society.