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Socio-Cultural Politics of Education (6889.5)

Level: Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education



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    • Semester 2, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (166254) - View
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    • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151275) - View
    • Winter Term, 2016, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (152411) - View
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    • Winter Term, 2015, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (141151) - View

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    This unit examines the socio-cultural politics of Australian education. It critiques the ways in which macro social processes and events impact upon and transform education in Australia, and analyses the micro-politics of cultural diversity in the classroom. It engages with contemporary issues and debates that are generated by rapid social change, increasing cultural diversity and all their associated and contested power-relations (focusing on gender and multiculturalism). This analysis of socio-cultural issues provides a springboard from which students can critically evaluate social justice and equity policies, and strategically develop culturally inclusive pedagogical practices.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an increased critical awareness of the political, social and cultural nature of education in Australia;

    2. Identify some of the ways in which Australian education is effected by globalization;

    3. Engage with current debates around key Australian social issues and issues of cultural difference and relate them to education;

    4. Engage in productive dialogue across a diversity of cultural perspectives on education;

    5. Use some theoretical tools to analyse socio-cultural issues that impact upon education; and

    6. Develop some inclusive strategies for engaging students from Indigenous Australian, NESB and lower socio-economic status backgrounds in education.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours a week.


    Students must have completed 48 credit points.

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