Subject details

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

  1. examine and evaluate current national and international policy trends in education
  2. demonstrate a critical perspective of issues of difference and diversity in education
  3. demonstrate awareness of approaches and strategies that promote inclusive student engagement
  4. formulate an informed position on an educational topic or issue.
    • Schools, policy and neo-liberal reform
    • Accountability & performativity
    • Markets & school choice
    • Competition & reforming school practices
    • Educational experiences (3): cultural diversity and Indigenous learners; reforming parents and inequality
    • Power and governing through schools
    • Governing through our knowledge
    • Normalisation of gendered practices
    • Class & differentiating achievement
    • Cultural diversity
    • Thinking about change
    • Review
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Standard Media
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links
      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Online Assessment
      • Resources and Links

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

  • CUR-SED-DEG-2019

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject examines a number of social, political, cultural and economic relations of Australian society and their impact on education policy, classroom practices and student learning. The subject provides students with concepts and perspectives to think about schooling and society. Students examine the characteristics of education systems and learning settings that promote inclusivity, celebrate diversity and reduce the effects of disadvantage, inequality and social exclusion. The subject aligns with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers associated with student diversity, including consideration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in secondary schools.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Investigation into a recent educational reform (50%)
  • An essay examining an education issue (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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undergraduate CUR-SED-DEG-2019

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