Social Perspectives on Education (EDUF2007)


This unit of study is the second part of Education II. Its aim is to provide a general introduction to the social, political and economic contexts of education. The two themes studied in the Unit are: Schools and communities, and Educational systems, markets and globalisation. At the end of this unit of study, students should have the capacity to discuss the impact of a range of educational practices and policies on schools, students and families. Similarly, students will be familiar with broad movements in contemporary educational reform and their association with national and global economic change. As a result of working collaboratively on a substantial project students will develop a range of research skills. Through policy analysis tasks and workshop activities, students will be familiar with NSW Department of Education and Communities policies and procedures relating to gender, Indigenous education, and cultural diversity.

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1x 1hr lecture/wk for 12 wks, 1x 2-hr workshop/wk for 12 wks


workshop presentation (25%) and 1500 word critical policy analysis (25%) and 6000 word joint research project (50%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(EDUF1018 and EDUF1019) or 30 junior credit points

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