Social Theory for Education

10 Units

This course explores a range of social theories that have been used in educational theory and empirical research to explain reproduction, transformation and change in education and schooling. The course will cover micro and macro sociological perspectives on social class, gender and ethnicity. It will provide an opportunity to critically apply social theory to some enduring problems, and potential solutions, to equity in education.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

Not currently offered

Learning Outcomes

This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. develop a sophisticated understanding of key concepts and historical trends related to equity and social justice in education;
  2. explore a range of social theories relating to issues of equity and social justice in education; and
  3. critically evaluate and apply key concepts and social theories to educational issues.

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  1. Critical thinking for educators;
  2. Key concepts in equity and social justice for education;
  3. Historical and international trends in equity and social justice for education;
  4. Key social theories and their application to educational issues; and
  5. Reflecting on applying social theory to educational “problems”.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 1 An essay related to the course readings.
  • Examination: Take Home - Assessment Item 3 Take-home exam.
  • Projects - Assessment Item 2 A project related to a contemporary social issue in equity and social justice in education, with an emphasis on applying social theory and reflective practice.
Contact Hours
  • Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for EDUC6272
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