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012224 Sociology of Education

6cp; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial); availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval



This subject enables students to apply sociological theories and concepts to the study of education and inequality in Australian society. It supports the development of an understanding of the social world through social theories that seek to explain the social, economic and political forces shaping schools and classrooms. It explores the ways in which these forces interact in the Australian context to influence educational outcomes. The subject focuses on a critical-reflective approach to educational practices and beliefs highlighting the importance of discussion and dialogue in the development of our understanding of educational issues. Some issues examined are the construction of knowledge and the process of socialisation in schools, forms of capital, poverty and disadvantage, globalisation, gender, indigenous and multicultural education.

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