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EDUF1021: Sociological Perspectives in Education

2024 unit information

This unit critically examines the social, political, and economic contexts of education. Using a sociological lens it explores key issues concerning difference and inequality in education-including 'race', social class, religion, gender, sexuality, cultural diversity, and indigeneity. It provides a critical analysis of the teaching profession and how issues of power, privilege, social justice and globalization impact education and educational policy. At the end of the unit students should have the capacity to discuss the impact of a range of educational practices and policies on students, schools, families, and communities.

Unit details and rules

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Code EDUF1021
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an ability to think reflexively about one’s own identity, positionality, and privilege, and how educators’ identities and experiences influence their work.
  • LO2. Understand the impact of educational practices, policies, and institutions on students and families from different cultural, socio-economic, and linguistic backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Islander populations.
  • LO3. Research and apply relevant sociological concepts and theories to explain inequalities in education and report this research in both oral and written forms.
  • LO4. Trace examples of historical influence on current educational provision in Australia.
  • LO5. Critically analyse educational reforms and how they are connected to local, national, and global changes.
  • LO6. Recognise the range of policies and policy documents that educators in and beyond NSW may need to understand and implement.

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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