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EPP305 - Policy, Schooling and Society

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in course E377, D347 or D351.

D347 students must have completed or are completing their Secondary Curriculum Studies A for their 1st teaching method area.

D351 students must have completed or are completing their Secondary Curriculum Studies 2A for their 2nd teaching method area.

Unit chair:

Andrew Skourdoumbis





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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

Professional experience: Students will be required to complete a 10 day professional experience placement.


This is the fifth of six units in the education studies major. This unit aims to engage students in the larger discourses of education policy as lived out in the school environment. The students will explore and critique how schools respond to public policy initiatives, community and societal demands and profiles. Students will engage with theoretical understandings from the political, economic and social domains. The contact hours are interspersed to accommodate in-depth and contextualised discussion of the policy agenda and environment. This unit includes 10 days professional experience - 2 days per week for 5 weeks in the same secondary setting as Trimester 1. During placement the preservice teacher will:-teach lessons at junior and/or senior levels of the school in both methods [one method for Arts (D347)] for a total of 2 lessons per day - observe 2 lessons per day (one in each method where two methods taken) and other areas- attend meetings, be involved in yard duty, school activities and any opportunities for engagement with the broader school community - attend a School Council meeting where possible - keep a journal (electronic and/or hardcopy) in which evidence of their planning, observations, collected documents, participation in school activities and reflections are kept. Pre-service teachers will be expected to share their journal with their supervising teachers and appropriate University teaching staff.


Teacher case study 50% 1500 words

Student case study 50% 1500 words

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

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