Social Theory for Education

Course code EDUC6272Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesThis 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.
ContentThe 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".
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 1
An essay related to the course readings.
Examination: Take HomeAssessment Item 3
Take-home exam.
ProjectsAssessment 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 HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term