Schooling, Identity and Society

10 Units

This course provides students with an introduction to the sociological study of education. Through investigating the relationship between society, social diversity, and contemporary education systems, the course prepares students to explore and understand equity issues in schooling, to reflect on education policy and their teaching practices, and the ways in which educators might contribute to a just society through the creation of socially and culturally inclusive educational environments.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education
Availability Semester 2 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Campus)

Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

  1. understand the historical development of mass schooling and its positioning in contemporary diverse and globalized societies;
  2. identify social, political and cultural divisions at the global, national and local levels, how they create social realities in classrooms, and the impact of these divisions on students’ outcomes;
  3. interpret and critically engage with contemporary policy, current issues, values, practices and ethical considerations in their area of specialisation; and
  4. develop socially just pedagogical and curricular practices for diverse student populations in their specialisation.
  • Schooling and society: the development of mass schooling globally and its current positioning.

  • Social divisions - power, equity and the social construction of ‘self’ and ‘the other’.

  • Analyzing the role values, virtues and ethics play in developing socially and culturally inclusive and just educational environments.

  • Theory based understanding and critique of contemporary educational issues and practices.

  • Developing teaching strategies and practices for socially and culturally inclusive and equitable classrooms.

Replacing Course(s) N/A
Transition N/A
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge N/A
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Lecture
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Extended response to theory including classroom strategies and practices and possible project work (specific to specialisation)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Response to theory (specific to specialisation)
  • Examination: Formal - Formal exam
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 10 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
  • Tutorial: for 16 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6911

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