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ETP102 - Social Contexts of Education

Unit details

Year2017 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Shaun Rawolle

Campus contact:

Peter O'Keefe (Burwood (Melbourne))

Shaun Rawolle (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Ali Smith (Warrnambool)

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Student must be enrolled in course E200 or E359

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 2 hour Seminar per week

Professional Experience: Students are also required to attend a 5 day professional experience placement

Content

This unit introduces students to some of the key social and political contexts of education in contemporary Australian society. The notion of ‘context’ will be unpacked at the local, school, national and global levels. The unit introduces some of the key conceptual tools of the field of sociology of education, such as ‘sociological imagination’ and ‘hidden curriculum’. Through a sociological lens, students will reflect upon the relationship between individuals and educational settings and the ways in which individuals’ cultural and social backgrounds shape the experience of education. They will examine and explore how education and schools might mediate and/or redress forms of social inclusion and marginalization by focusing on particular social issues that are pertinent in twenty-first century Australian society. Students undertake a 5 day professional experience placement in this unit, in which they will collect evidence about how social contexts of education shape life in schools, and make links to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards, in particular standard 1.

Assessment

Sociological imagination narrative, 1800 words, 50%
Analysis of life in a school, 1800 words, 50%

Hurdle Requirement: Satisfactory completion of the professional experience placement is required in order to pass this unit

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