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EDU301 - Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Lucinda McKnight





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Burwood: 1 x 1 hour Class per week + 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week x 9 weeks across a 11 week Trimester delivery

Cloud Campus: Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin


This unit explores how, in work, play and our everyday lives, we teach each other about inclusivity, about who belongs. In an Australia already inhabited, before British colonisation, by diverse Indigenous language groups, we are of different races, genders, sexualities, abilities, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. We may align ourselves with different religions and politics. Online we encounter and identify with further diversity. We all learn in many different ways, and through multiple pedagogical interactions. Using the arts and popular culture, as well as critical theory, research and policy, the unit thinks about how these diversities might affect participation in both formal and informal educational spaces. The unit proposes that design principles for learning (linked to students’ interests) can respect and welcome in diversity, enable empathy and create belonging. Above all, the unit aims to increase students’ capacity to make a social justice impact through developing engaging and inclusive resources in their planned professional practice. Whether students are aspiring to work in, for example, advertising, media, creative arts, museums and galleries, administration or education, or any other field, this unit will support the development of cultural insights. It will also provide the skills to think critically, creatively and in interdisciplinary ways, about audience needs and the politics of who we include and exclude.


Resource design, 2600 words equivalent, 60%

Reflective essay, 1400 words, 40%

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