ETP102 - Social Contexts of Education


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125

Students enrolled in course E359: ETP101

Students enrolled in course E200: ETP101 and completion of three units from EAD110, EAD111, EAD112 or EAD113


Students must be enrolled in course E200 or E359

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

Weeks 1, 2, 4-10: 1-hour Online Lecture; 2-hour Campus Seminar 

Week 3: 30-minute Online Reflective Discussion

Week 11: 1-hour Online Assessment Drop in Session

In-person attendance requirements

Students are also required to attend a 5-day professional experience (placement)

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*Community Based Delivery (CBD) is for National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation NIKERI Institute students only.


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’ physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics, as well as 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

Professional experience is a requirement of the Victorian Institution of Teaching for the preparation of teachers. In this unit you will complete 5 days of the required 80 days for the Bachelor of Education (Primary). Satisfactory completion of the professional experience is required in order to pass this unit.

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