Schooling, Identity and Society

Course code EDUC2103Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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 and care, the course prepares students to explore and understand equity issues in schooling and early childhood education, 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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:

1. Understand the historical development of mass schooling and early childhood education and its positioning in contemporary diverse and globalised societies;
2. Identify social, political and cultural divisions at the global, national and local levels, how they create social realities in classrooms and centres,
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.
Content* Schooling and society: The development of mass schooling and early childhood education globally and its current positioning.
* Social divisions: Power, equity and the social construction of 'self' and 'the other'.
* Analysing 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 and centres.
Replacing Course(s)EDUC1004
TransitionStudents who have completed EDUC1004 will be deemed to have met the requirements of EDUC2103.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsResponse to theory (specific to specialisation)
Essays / Written AssignmentsExtended response to theory including classroom strategies and practices and possible project work (specific to specialisation)
Presentations - GroupResponse to theory (specific to specialisation)
Contact HoursIntegrated Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for EDUC2103