Education: The Social and Historical Context - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Essay - Research essay (40%) , Report - Artefact creation/reflection (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as EDUX120 Education: The Social and Historical Context.

This unit explores the socio-cultural history of Australian education. The unit explains the ways that education has influenced Australian society and the manner in which Australian society has affected education and teaching. This unit examines each era of education in Australia from the 1780s to present, with focus on the participants and the material taught. As you progress, modern theory will be examined in relation to the welfare state, citizenship, social class, multiculturalism, inclusion and identity. This unit will also examine education markets, higher education and vocational education. You will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary education at the same time building your analytic and research skills.

This unit introduces you to the social and historical context of education, primarily in New South Wales and Australia.

In addition the unit will:

  1. facilitate a deeper understanding of contemporary education
  2. critically engage with ideas
  3. develop analytic and research skills
  4. develop the ability to combine these developed understandings and skills for the benefit of yourself and others, as informed practitioners and citizens.
  • Essay — Research essay (40%)
  • Report — Artefact creation/reflection (40%)
  • Review (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EDUX120 — Education: The Social and Historical Context

If you have no prior university experience, you should complete BAR100 Academic Learning Skills or COM10006 Academic Literacies: Learning and Communication Practice before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

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.

2Social class
9Popular culture

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Making Sense of Mass Education

    By:Gordon Tait

    ISBN: 9781107660632


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