1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
1 Admission into GCEWS-Graduate Certificate in Education
1a Admission into MEDCP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac)
1b Admission into MEDER-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment)
1c Admission into MEDGE-Master of Education (Gifted Education)
1d Admission into MEDIB-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate)
1e Admission into MEDLM-Master of Education (Leadership and Management)
1f Admission into MEDSA-Master of Education (Studies of Asia)
1g Admission into MEDSE-Master of Education (Special Education)
1h Admission into MEDEC-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
1i Admission into MEDWS-Master of Education
1j Admission into MEDCPP-Master of Education (Cog Psych & Educational Prac) [1.5 years]
1k Admission into MEDERP-Master of Education (Ed Research, Evaluation and Assessment) [1.5 years]
1l Admission into MEDGEP-Master of Education (Gifted Education) [1.5 years]
1m Admission into MEDIBP-Master of Education (International Baccalaureate) [1.5 years]
1n Admission into MEDSEP-Master of Education (Special Education) [1.5 years]
1o Admission into MEDLMP-Master of Education (Leadership and Management) [1.5 years]
1p Admission into MEDSAP-Master of Education (Studies of Asia) [1.5 years]
1q Admission into MEDWSP-Master of Education [1.5 years]
1r Admission into MEDWM-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health)
1s Admission into MEDWMP-Master of Education (Wellbeing and Positive Mental Health) [1.5 years]
1t Admission into MEDLE-Master of Education (Languages Education)
1u Admission into MEDLEP-Master of Education (Languages Education) [1.5 years]
1v Admission into MEDECP-Master of Education (Early Childhood Studies) [1.5 years]
2 Admission into BAMTEC-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
2a Admission into BAMTPR-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2b Admission into BAMTS-Bachelor of Arts, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2c Admission into BGSCMTPR-Bachelor of General Science, Master of Teaching (Primary)
2d Admission into BLANGMTS-Bachelor of Languages, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
2e Admission into BSCMTS-Bachelor of Science, Master of Teaching (Secondary)
3 108 units of study
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d or 1e or 1f or 1g or 1h or 1i or 1j or 1k or 1l or 1m or 1n or 1o or 1p or 1q or 1r or 1s or 1t or 1u or 1v)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b or 2c or 2d or 2e) and 3))
Enrolment not permitted
EDES9638 has been successfully completed
Topic description
This topic will examine historic and contemporary education issues through the lens of social justice and introduce students to a range of constructions of education and social justice. It will investigate and critique ways in which social justice has been constructed in educational discourses and the implications these constructions have for policy and practice. Issues addressed may include: gender and sexuality, boys and girls in education, school retention, values in education, the contested nature of curriculum content, class in education practice, race and the (post) colonial curriculum, religion and education. This topic will be of particular interest to students wishing to examine the relationship between power and social difference in educational policy and practice.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • introduce students to prominent theorists in the fields of political and cultural sociology and the implications of their critiques of culture, power and education for contemporary educational policy and practice
  • develop an applied understanding of political ideologies and their influence on educational policy and practice
Expected learning outcomes
Upon completion of this topic students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of critical theoretical perspectives of education
  • critically examine current literature on an issue in education from a range of critical theoretical perspectives and to understand the historicity of those perspectives
  • articulate the ways in which social difference and power are enacted in educational policy and practice