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013403 The School in the Context of Contemporary Society

6cp; weekly, on campus; 1hpw (lecture), 2hpw (tutorial)
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.




This subject investigates the social, political and economic contexts in which contemporary schools operate. It links these contexts to the social theories which seek to explain how these forces interact and explores the ways in which these forces interact in the Australian context to shape the nature of our schools and classrooms, and influence educational outcomes. This subject focuses on a critical–reflective approach to educational practices and beliefs which enable students to interrogate and understand the ways in which educational practices are socially and historically constructed, as well as the ways in which educational practices construct identity and society. Some of the following issues are examined: social theories and the process of socialisation in schools, forms of capital, poverty and disadvantage, globalisation, gender, and multicultural education.

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Autumn session, City campus

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