Schools and their Communities (EDMT6500)


This unit investigates the complex and changing nature of school communities. It critically examines the social contexts of schooling and the complex relationships between families and schools and encourages pre-service teachers to consider themselves as part of a professional community. Weekly lectures and seminars address key topics related to the social and community contexts of schooling and the development of professional portfolios. The seminars are organised around discussions and activities, grounded in the required readings and in keeping up to date with current debates about education. The student-organised field trip is designed to encourage students to spend at least three hours exploring an educational community.

Further unit of study information


750wd report (25%) and 3000wd report (50%) and seminar presentation (25%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

48 credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.