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Socio-Cultural Politics of Education SEC (8827.2)

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 (166341) - View
    • Winter Term, 2017, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (166160) - View
    • Semester 2, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (151867) - View
    • Winter Term, 2016, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (152363) - View
    • Semester 2, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (140654) - View
    • Winter Term, 2015, INTENSIVE, BRUCE (141090) - 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


    1. demonstrate a critical awareness of the complexities of the socio-cultural context of education in Australia;

    2. identify the multi-layered and transformative nature of Australian cultural identities;

    3. be aware of the pedagogical implications of current socio-cultural issues and debates;

    4. evaluate current social justice and equity policies and practices.

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    Contact Hours

    Up to 5 hours per week.


    Students must have completed 48 credit points.

    Incompatible Units

    This unit is not open to students who have passed 6889 Socio-Cultural Politics of Education.

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