ETP102 - Social Contexts of Education


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Campus contact:

Peter O'Keefe (Burwood (Melbourne))

Shaun Rawolle (Waurn Ponds (Geelong))

Emma Charlton (Warrnambool)


For E359 students: ETP101

For E200 students: ETP101 and completion of three units from EAD110, EAD111, EAD112, EAD113


Must be enrolled in E200 or E359

Incompatible with:


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 - campus

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


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


This unit introduces students to some of the key social and political contexts of education in contemporary Australian society. The notion of ‘context’ will be unpacked at the local, school, national and global levels.

The unit introduces some of the key conceptual tools of the field of sociology of education, such as ‘sociological imagination’ and ‘hidden curriculum’. Through a sociological lens, students will reflect upon the relationship between individuals and educational settings and the ways in which individuals’ cultural and social backgrounds shape the experience of education. They will examine and explore how education and schools might mediate and/or redress forms of social inclusion and marginalization by focusing on particular social issues that are pertinent in twenty-first century Australian society.

Students undertake a 5-day professional experience placement in this unit, in which they will collect evidence about how social contexts of education shape life in schools, and make links to the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) standards, in particular standard 1.

Hurdle requirement

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

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