Socio-Cultural Politics of Education SEC (8827.2)
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|Faculty Of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
|Academic Program Area - Education
|Level 4 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 1 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 1 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
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 outcomes1. 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - take pride in their professional and personal integrity
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesStudents must have completed 48 credit points.
Incompatible unitsThis unit is not open to students who have passed 6889 Socio-Cultural Politics of Education.
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The text for this unit, available as an e-book at the UC library and at the Co-op bookshop, is:
Required: Connell et al Education Change and Society (3rd Ed). Oxford: Melbourne.
This book is available for purchase, but also available as an ebook via the library: http://canberra.eblib.com.au.ezproxy.canberra.edu.au/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=1986002&echo=2&userid=F4w2O4qiG426ThDouZcQzQ%3d%3d&tstamp=1467844080&id=BD3B05B7376982716E25B8BB38C41AFE327650A2
Other texts and learning materials will be made available via the unit moodle site.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Late submission of assignments without an approved extension will result in a grade deduction as per the assessment policy. All requests for an extension or special consideration will require an extension form and supporting documentation as per the assessment policy. The request form is on the unit moodle in the assessment block. All tasks must constitute a genine attempt against the unit outcomes.
In extenuating circumstances, as per the assessment policy, supplementary assessments will be at the discretion of the unit convener.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
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Attendance at all scheduled sessions in this unit is compulsory and absences could result in a fail. All absences need to be supported by appropriate documentation (e.g. medical certificate).
Successful engagement with all learning activities in this accredited Initial Teacher Education course is necessary to demonstrate that you have met the Graduate career stage of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL, 2011).
It is recognised that sometimes absence is unavoidable. If you are absent for more than two sessions, however, your engagement with the unit could be considered unsatisfactory.
Required IT skills
Students need to be able to use the online learning framework, Moodle. Assignments will preferably be in electronic format using Microsoft Word.
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