ECN733 - Youth Identities and Diversities


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

There will be substantial engagement with online resources and discussions in CloudDeakin. A minimum of 2 Blackboard Collaborate sessions will be conducted during the trimester.

The first BB collaborate to occur 2-weeks prior to submission of assessment 1.

The second BB collaborate to occur 2-weeks prior to submission of assessment 2.


Young people’s identities are complex, dynamic and diverse. Their identities and experiences of education are shaped by historical conditions and the rapidly changing communities and the world in which they live.

This unit explores key questions, concepts and issues related to young people’s identity formation and their lived experiences in diverse communities. Students will investigate some of the many factors that shape how young people locate themselves and how they are culturally, politically and socio-economically positioned in society and education, including the intersection of race, culture, indigeneity, religion, sexuality, (dis)ability, gender, class, geography, family and so on.

Other areas explored across local, national and global policy contexts include cultural diversity, racism/anti-racism, privilege, intersectionality, educational equity, multi-/inter-/bi-/trans-culturalism and student agency. This includes investigating how young people’s identities are shaped in diverse educational contexts in and beyond schools and through family and community engagement.

Students will also consider why critical awareness of self and others is integral to the development of their own teacher identity and practice in educational settings and communities that are characterised by diversity, globalisation, and mobility.

These insights will help students to identify and address their professional learning needs in regards to working with young people from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

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