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EXE732 - Social Justice and Difference


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 3, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of trimester.

Last updated: 5 October 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Cloud (online), CBD*

Trimester 3: Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 3: Reshmi Roy
Trimester 2: Leanne Coll




Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including weekly engagement with materials and responses in discussion forums


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Educators are increasingly dealing with questions of difference in terms of their practice, their students and the diverse school communities in which they are situated. However, there are surprisingly few opportunities to reflect on and analyse the effects of these differences on educational practice. This unit engages students in a range of theoretical debates about social justice, difference, and the 'politics of identity'. In particular, it foregrounds theoretical engagements with questions linked to gender, sexuality, social class, race, ethnicity, disability and the intersections between them.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Identify and describe the relationship between current events/issues and a range of conceptual and theoretical understandings of social justice, communicating their findings on a digital media platform of their choosing

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO3: Digital literacy


Critically reflect on the historical, policy and practice contexts that contribute to current understandings of social justice and inclusive education

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Debate and critically analyse the relationship between theories of social justice and teacher identity, pedagogical frameworks and student learning

GLO2: Communication

GLO4: Critical thinking


Demonstrate the capacity to critically respond to and inform practice by drawing on theoretical understandings of social justice and inclusive education

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO5: Problem solving


Design new ways of working strategically in educational contexts around issues of social justice and inclusive education

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Visual Media Journal 2500 words or equivalent 50% Week 5
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Critical Essay 2500 words 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement


Completion and documentation of 2 days of professional development relating to the Practicum Case Study.

Students who fail a hurdle requirement will be ineligible for a Pass Conceded grade for that unit and will receive a result of no more than 44% for that unit, waived under special consideration arrangements.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EXE732 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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