University of Technology Sydney

013403 The School in the Context of Contemporary Society

6cp; weekly, on campus; 1hpw (online lecture), 2hpw (tutorial); block mode dates: 9/3, 23/3, 6/4, 27/4
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.




This subject investigates the social, political and economic contexts in which contemporary schools, in particular secondary schools, operate. It links these contexts to research into social theories which seek to explain how these forces interact. It explores the ways in which social, political, cultural 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 approach 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. It also explores 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 and the application of culturally responsive practices in schools.

Typical availability

Autumn session, City campus

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