Education and Society
Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
PrerequisitesRestriction: Student must be in program 1049 BEd Primary or 1397 B Education - Secondary or 9058 Cert Education Studies
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionEducation and Society offers rich opportunities and multiple challenges. In this course students will investigate the context within which today's educators are located and explore diverse perspectives on what it means to be a professional educator in the 21st century. Developing skills in critical thinking and cultural analysis, students will learn to become reflective, creative, inspiring, professionals who can understand and respond to the needs of diverse learners (and their communities) in a wide range of contexts.Course IntroductionIn a rapidly changing contemporary environment educators are challenged to respond effectively to the growing diversity of our student cohorts. Throughout this course we explore the multiple factors which influence students? educational experiences and outcomes. We study issues relating to the education of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and learners from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. We also investigate the ways in which attitudes towards factors such as gender, socio-economics and family form continue to impact upon educational pathways. Reflecting on these insights students will draw upon the writing of diverse educational theorists as they develop their own philosophy of education. They will communicate their beliefs about the nature and purposes of education and how they will take up the challenge of educating diverse learners for an ever changing world.Course AimsEducation and Society aims to:investigate the context within which today's educators are locatedexplore diverse perspectives on what it means to be a professional, ethical educator in the 21st centurydevelop skills in critical thinking and cultural analysisengage sudents to become reflective, creative, inspiring, professionals who can understand and respond to the needs of diverse learners (and their communities) in a wide range of contexts.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1 Demonstrate a critical understanding of historical, philosophical, legislative, policy and practice frameworks underpinning contemporary education.2 Identify key features of different Professional Standard frameworks for teachers and their relevance to your current study3 Understand and evaluate historical and contemporary perspectives on social justice and its relationship to Australian professional standards for teachers4 Recognize and explain the impact that factors such as gender, socio-economics, cultural background and cultural identity can have on educational pathways, experiences and outcomes and understand how this knowledge can shape their decision making as teachers5 Critically reflect upon different perspectives of the roles of teachers and the purposes of education in contemporary society and use this to formulate, articulate and justify the beginnings of a personal educational philosophy6 Demonstrate excellent skills in oral and written communication (and the ability to make appropriate use of ICTs) as you communicate your own beliefs about education as a profession7 Effectively communicate the key elements of your emerging educational philosophy, supported by research and reflection
Weighting/Marked out of
Assignment - Written Assignment
Reflection on Education and Society. Week 4.
Exam - selected response
Exam. Week 8
Presentation - technical or professional
Philosophy Presentation. Between Week 11 and 13.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.