The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides students with an introduction to the sociological study of education. Through investigating equity issues in schooling and early childhood education the relationships between identity, schooling and society emerge. The course prepares students to explore and understand historical and contemporary education systems and care, including elements of education policy and practice both in Australia

and globally. There will be a focus on the needs of students from economically, socially and culturally disadvantaged backgrounds, and the ways in which educators might contribute to a just society.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Understand the relationship between schooling, identity and society in a theory/practice nexus

2. Recognise the historical impact of unequal access to education in spite of mass schooling.

3. Identify elements of educational policy and practice in the contemporary Australian and global contexts that contribute to inequalities of educational outcomes

4. Research the factors of social inclusion and exclusion, focusing on the intersection of factors such as: socio-economic status, Indigeneity, race, ethnicity, gender and space and place

5. Understand the mechanisms that contribute to socially just pedagogical and curricular practices for diverse student populations.


  • Identity: Equity and the social construction of 'self' and 'the other'
  • Schooling and society: The history of mass schooling and early childhood education in Australia.
  • Contemporary educational policy and practices
  • The intersection of factors such as: socio-economic status, Indigeniety, race, ethnicity, gender and space and place
  • Applied knowledge to cater for social and cultural diversity in the classroom and early childhood sites.


This course replaces EDUC1004. If you have successfully completed EDUC1004 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Presentations: Individual Poster Presentation

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Integrated learning may consist of online learning activities as advised by the Course Coordinator.