Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Social Justice Seminar Series

SOCIAL JUSTICE: POLITICS, PRACTICES AND URGENT QUESTIONS

5 September 2017

A joint presentation by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work Social Policy, and School and Teacher Education Policy research networks

What do we mean when we talk about social justice and how should we proceed?

Terms such as, “social justice”, “diversity”, “equity” and “inclusion” are in common use in universities, but they are not always used with clarity or precision. Sometimes they describe well-developed plans and actions. Occasionally they represent little more than progressive chic. In any case it is time for some serious examination of what we mean when we talk about social justice – and of how we might attempt to act in socially just ways. This series of fortnightly seminars aims to deepen our collective understanding of social justice by addressing a range of pressing problems from teaching, research and community engagement in the areas of education and social work. The presentations will be critical and questioning, and hopefully push beyond the language of feel-good vision statements in order to encourage hard thinking and serious agenda setting about the practices and politics of inequality.

Care and democracy and resistance

Tronto argues that democracy and social justice require the ongoing care and participation of all citizens. Similarly, “the need for a generally acceptable way to allocate caring responsibilities” must be fostered “in a way that democratic citizens think best achieves the goals of freedom, equality, and justice” (Tronto, 2013, p.141). Though it is easy to conclude that the conditions do not exist for these goals, this presentation explores resistance practices among care workers who struggle for the right to care for care recipients more fully, while simultaneously fighting for decent conditions for themselves and each other. The presenter will argues in Gramscian form that perhaps some of the democratic care and social justice changes we seek, are already happening. Presenter: Donna Baines

Pursuing a social justice agenda for early childhood education in the context of marketised provisioning

This presentation will critically explore its central issue from policy, practice and preservice-teacher-education perspectives. An exploration of social justice agendas in early childhood education (ECE) provides an interesting case in point because, in contrast to the marketisation of school education, ECE providers in Australia can draw from profits and still be eligible for government funding and parent subsidies. Drawing on Fraser’s (2009) conceptualisation of social justice, and focusing on low-income families, Dr Fenech will propose that current early childhood policy is riddled by a juxtaposing of socially inclusive principles with socially exclusive neoliberal policy approaches. She will outline the potential implications of this juxtaposition for teaching as political and ethical practice – for preservice early childhood teaching programs and graduate early-childhood teachers. Presenter: Marianne Fenech

Event details

  • When: 4–5.30pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
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  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: Not necessary

  • Contact:

    Dr Kelly Freebody
    E: kelly.freebody@sydney.edu.au

    Professor Donna Baines
    E: donna.baines@sydney.edu.au

    Associate Professor Susan Goodwin
    E: susan.goodwin@sydney.edu.au

    Associate Professor Helen Proctor
    E: helen.proctor@sydney.edu.au


  • More info: View the topics and speakers for the entire series of seminars on the Social Policy Research Network events website or the School and Teacher Education Policy Research Network events website.

  • Speakers: Donna Baines is Chair and Professor of Social Work, at The University of Sydney. Her work focuses on paid and unpaid care work, anti-oppressive theory and practice and, more recently, austerity. She has been published most recently in Economic and Industrial Democracy, Critical Social Policy and the Journal of Industrial Relations.

    Marianne Fenech is a senior lecturer at Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. Her research reflects her commitment to the development of an equitable system of high-quality education and care in Australia. Marianne is currently lead chief investigator on the 2014–2017 Australian Research Council Linkage study "What’s best for my child? Parents’ perspectives of child-care quality and early learning as contributors to child-care choice".

Social Justice Seminar Series

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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When

5 September 2017


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