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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.

Core


Postgraduate

Description

This subject investigates the social, political and economic contexts in which contemporary schools, and in particular secondary schools, operate. It links these contexts to research into social theories which seeks to explain how these forces interact. It explores the ways in which social, political and economic factors interact in the Australian context to shape the nature of our schools and classrooms, influence educational policy, and impact educational outcomes. The subject focuses on a critical–reflective, research-based approaches to educational practices and beliefs which enable students to interrogate and understand the ways in which educational practices and pedagogies are socially and historically constructed, as well as the ways in which educational practices construct identity and shape societal norms. Some of the following issues are examined: social theories and the process of socialisation in schools; forms of capital; poverty and disadvantage; globalisation; global understandings; gender; and multicultural education.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus


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Access conditions

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