EDU301 - Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education


2025 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour on-campus lecture per week

1 x 2-hour on-campus seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 2-hour online seminar per week


This unit explores how, in work, play and our everyday lives, we interact with a diverse people. Despite always having been one of the most culturally diverse places in the world, since colonisation in Australia, diversity has often been met with tensions arising from who is included or excluded and the reasons why. This unit highlights the tensions of how the teacher and student bodies are increasingly diverse, and how the inflexible, and often Eurocentric schooling system, policies and society forces them to navigate often unsafe and exclusionary parts. From a strengths-based perspective, where diversity is to be celebrated, students will learn about the impacts that culture, gender, sexuality, ability, age, religion, socioeconomic background and many other intersections on how they experience education. This unit focuses on pedagogical responsiveness that enables safety and inclusion and uses a variety of pedagogical interactions, the arts and popular culture, critical theory, research and policy, to provoke students to consider how we participate in both formal and informal educational spaces. The unit presents that inclusive design principles for learning is responsive, meets students where they are to welcome diversity, enable empathy and create belonging. Above all, the unit will increase participants' capacity to make a social justice impact through developing engaging and responsive resources in their planned professional practice including non-traditional educational settings. It will also provide the skills to give and receive feedback, think critically, creatively and in interdisciplinary ways, about responding to audience needs, and the politics of who we include and exclude.

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