Education and Society 2

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Education and Society 2

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Education, Multicultural Studies, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EDB171 or EDB150

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit focuses on the links between education, culture and society. This unit uses socio-cultural theory previously introduced in Education and Society 1 to better understand and engage with students from diverse backgrounds and has a practical and professional emphasis in that it links Field Experience to recent educational policy initiatives. Such initiatives include the importance of teachers understanding their legal and ethical responsibilities in terms of Child Protection and the Rights of the Child. Field experience is crucial to your preparation for the profession, and all units that contain a field experience are designated units, that is, students who do not achieve a passing grade for the unit will have their progress in the course reviewed. Failure to pass a designated unit may result in exclusion from the course.
    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit at the Developmental Level you will provide evidence of:
    1. Course Learning Outcome A - Know students and how they learn
    2. Course Learning Outcome B - Know content and how to teach it
    3. Course Learning Outcome C - Engage professionally with students, colleagues, parents, carers and the community:
    4. Course Learning Outcome D - Assess provide feedback and report on student learning:
    5. Course Learning Outcome: E - Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning:
    6. Course Learning Outcome F - Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments:
    7. Course Learning Outcome: G - Engage in professional learning
    The unit is structured around two modules that promote ethically and legally sound, socially-just perspectives. The unit shows how a range of social, cultural, political and economic tensions impact on schools and your teaching practices. The first module covers topics such as Social Governance, ethics, teaching and the law. The second module examines topics such as Anti-Discrimination, Child Protection, Educational Policy Initiatives and the targeting of Low SES schooling communities.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    The reflexive links between theoretical knowledge and Work Integrated Learning experiences is a critical component to the unit for it engages you in your learning through a theory-to-practice approach. This unit gives you the opportunity to reflect and apply lecture content during tutorials, 2 days equivalent of school site visits and 2 separate weeks of Field Experience. Both content and organisation is designed for you to assess your progress in the unit and the course and for you to gather evidence of meeting unit and course outcomes.
    Methods of presentation:
    The unit adopts a format that utilises a one (1) hour lecture and two (2) hour tutorial where you will engage in collaborative activity with peers and tutors. During your field experience you will be assigned to the supervision of a teacher in a school and supported in making and demonstrating links between the content covered and real world learning experiences.
    Assessment name: Presentation
    Description: The group assessment task involves critically enquiring into a particular educational topic and will involve an analysis and discussion of relevant materials covered in the unit. This task takes the form of a group seminar that will last approximately 50-60 minutes and must contain the following: General analysis of the topic, based on material covered in lecture and the associated readings/chapter in the text; Specific analysis, in relation to the key ideas and concepts and use of appropriate socio-cultural research and literature (in short a demonstrated theoretical understanding of topic and its relationship to education); Review and or integration into the presentation of the associated CMD reading/s and demonstrated links to further/suggested reading/s; Use of practical examples/discussion/links in connection to the topic and educational settings experienced during Site Visits and Field Experience; Summary/conclusion; Provision for question time; A one-page handout supplied to the class that is structured in a way that can be used for review during the final tutorial. Due Date: Presentation date assigned in tutorial (early to mid semester)
    Relates to objectives: Course Learning Outcome C
    Weight: 55
    Internal or external: Both
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Early/Mid-Semester
    Assessment name: Examination (written)
    Description: This is a seen invigilated end of semester written examination. A set of questions related to the topics covered in the unit will be distributed by Week 12 in order to allow you adequate time for preparation. A set number of these questions will appear on the final exam. You must complete three responses in essay format. This examination will be completed in a pre-determined, restricted time span under invigilated conditions as summative assessment.
    Relates to objectives: Course Learning Outcome C
    Weight: 45
    Internal or external: Both
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End-Semester
    Assessment name: Placement Performance
    Description: 2 days equivalent of site visits and 2 separate weeks of Field Experience block (weeks 9 and 11) where students apply relevant learning and demonstration of professional capabilities in schooling/educational context. Literacy and numeracy standards as required by the profession are an inherent requirement of this practicum.
    Weight: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Due Date: 2 days equivalent of site visits and field experience blocks (Weeks 9 and 11) all complete by end week 11.
    Relates to objectives: Course Learning Outcome A, Course Learning Outcome B, Course Learning Outcome C, Course Learning Outcome D, Course Learning Outcome E, Course Learning Outcome F, Course Learning Outcome G
    Internal or external: Both
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week-9 & 11

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