Education and Society

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Education and Society

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Education

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Restriction: Student must be in program 1049 BEd Primary or 1397 B Education - Secondary or 9058 Cert Education Studies

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    Education 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 Introduction
    In 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 Aims
    Education and Society aims to:
    investigate the context within which today's educators are located
    explore diverse perspectives on what it means to be a professional, ethical educator in the 21st century
    develop skills in critical thinking and cultural analysis
    engage 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 Outcomes
    After 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 study
    3 Understand and evaluate historical and contemporary perspectives on social justice and its relationship to Australian professional standards for teachers
    4 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 teachers
    5 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 philosophy
    6 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 profession
    7 Effectively communicate the key elements of your emerging educational philosophy, supported by research and reflection

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Reflection on Education and Society. Week 4.

    15%/15

    Exam - selected response
    Exam. Week 8

    35%/35

    Presentation - technical or professional
    Philosophy Presentation. Between Week 11 and 13.

    50%/50

Course Disclaimer

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.