Schooling and Australian Society - 2018

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Investigation (45%) , Report (35%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit examines the social, political, cultural, linguistic and economic shape of Australian society and the impact of these forces on education policy, classroom practices and student learning. Students examine the characteristics of education systems and learning settings that promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity and reduce the effects of disadvantage and inequality. The unit emphasises the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers associated with student diversity, including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in early childhood settings and primary school classrooms.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. interpret and describe current cultural and social patterns in Australia
  2. develop a critical perspective of difference and diversity and their significance to education
  3. evaluate strategies that foster respect and support inclusive student participation and learning for children from diverse social, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  4. examine and explain current international and national education policy trends
  5. engage with education stakeholders, professional organizations and communities to formulate informed perspectives on current educational issues.
  • Assignment — Investigation (45%)
  • Report (35%)
  • Test (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Social and cultural patterns in Australia: the context
2Difference and diversity: challenging cultural stereotypes and how we think about difference and diversity
3Educational experiences (1): the persistence of class
4Educational experiences (2): gender and sexualities
5Educational experiences (3): cultural diversity and Indigenous learners
6Strategies for success: reforming schools
7Strategies for success: reforming pedagogies and teacher knowledge
8Schooling, policy and governance: why is this important?
9Neoliberalism in education: overview
10Neoliberalism in education: choice, marketisation, competition
11Being a teacher in neoliberal times: overview
12Being a teacher in neoliberal times: what's the purpose of schooling?
13Review and Reflection

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • FAQs
  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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