Power and Pedagogy

Course code EDUC6030Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

Examines such topics as space and architecture, the organisation of time, documents and artefacts of schooling, school regulations and rituals, classroom practices, and the effects of power on both teachers and students. Students will have the opportunity to apply key concepts of the topic, such as techniques of power, the circulation of power, and power's productiveness, to their own work or educational contexts.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis subjects aims to:
1. extend students' understanding of power, including the effects of power, as it operates in schools and other educational settings;

2. challenge students to develop sophisticated yet systematic analyses of power's operation in their own educational contexts;

3. provide students with conceptual and practical tools for altering current power relations in schooling.
ContentDrawing on contemporary research and theories of schooling, this subject pays particular attention to the ways in which power is enacted on the "micro" level, in daily practices. Commencing from an analysis of similarities between schooling institutions and other institutions, the subject examines such topics as space and architecture, the organisation of time, documents and artefacts of schooling, school regulations and rituals, classroom practices, and the effects of power on both teachers and students. Students will have the opportunity to apply key concepts of the subject, such as techniques of power, the circulation of power, and power's productiveness, to their own work or educational contexts.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will be required to demonstrate their understanding of major concepts of the subject through three written assignments. The first assignment (25%) will be a 1500 word analysis of power in educational institutions, and due around the sixth week of the semester. The second assignment (35%) requires an analysis of artefacts and memories of schooling, after interviewing two former students. It will be 1500 words in length and is due around the ninth week of semester. The third assignment (40%), of 3000 word length, will enable students to focus on a specific set of school practices, rituals, documents or artefacts for the ways in which power functions. The third assignment will be due in the final week of semester.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term