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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))

Bernadette Walker-Gibbs (Warrnambool)




Student must be enrolled in course E200 or E359

Incompatible with:


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


This unit introduces and explores the field of education from two aspects of a broadly sociological framework, namely social issues and social theories and concepts. First, the unit deals with different ways that the field of education has emerged as an institution with a distinct structure and function. The unit will therefore cover some of the history and structure of education in Australia and the effect of global processes on education. This includes different educational sectors, the division and use of time, space and place in schools and the production and rewarding of different kinds of students. This entails treatment of social, cultural, religious, gender and sexuality issues in schooling. This also covers federalism, policy development and implementation, and public, private and hybrid models of provision of education. Second, the unit considers sociological theories, concepts and research approaches that help to understand and explore these issues. In particular, the unit will introduce the concepts of power, practice, policy, discourse, structure, agency, social and cultural capital and field as descriptive and explanatory concepts. The unit introduces ways to explain pressures for change in education, including social justice, equity, inclusion, educational markets and globalization and different approaches to educational research.


Report on educational space, 2000 words, 50%

Collaborative research process, 2000 words, 50%

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

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