Politics and Education

Course code EDUC6273
Not available in 2015

Description

The course will ask students to consider and engage critically with identified continuities and changes associated with contemporary policy movements in the field of education. Both national and international movements will be examined. The course will draw students' focus to aspects of political debates about and rhetorical construction of educational issues both past and present. Students will investigate the impact of contemporary policy on the construction of teachers and students, the practices of educational and other institutions, wider social trends, and the purpose of education itself.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop a sophisticated understanding of key concepts and historical trends related to the politics of education;

2. Explore a range of political theories and stances that impact upon educational policy-making and the construction of education in the public arena;

3. Critically evaluate the impacts of the political construction of education through the examination of public discourse; and

4. Relate the political construction of education and education policy-making to issues of equity and social justice in contemporary society.

Content

The following list indicates indicative course content:

  1. Critical thinking for educators including basic discourse analysis;
  2. Historical and international trends in education;
  3. Key concepts in educational politics;
  4. Applying political understanding to issues of equity and social justice in education; and
  5. The impact of political discourse and policy-making on educational purpose and attainment.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments

Contact Hours

Tutorial

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Distance students are expected to engage in Online Learning activities for the equivalent of 2 hours per week for the full term.