Faculty of Education

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2014 (Day)


In this unit students will explore a range of theoretical perspectives (i.e. critical theory, critical race theory, feminisms, Indigenous knowledges, queer theory, etc.) relating to difference and diversity. Students will construct, examine, deconstruct and map their own social positionings in relation to their personal and professional experiences of difference and diversity. Through critical reflection and participatory practices students will work collaboratively in developing teaching, learning and assessment processes that recognise and support multiple discourses of difference.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. recognise and describe the influence of various discourses that affect their own social positioning, that of the educational profession and of the children and families served by schools
  2. develop a theoretical language to identify and support their beliefs about difference and diversity
  3. identify and analyse learning contexts that recognise, engage with and value difference
  4. design learning tasks that recognise, engage with and value difference
  5. design a range of assessment tasks and instruments that recognise, engage with and value difference.


A creative presentation (1600 words or equivalent, 40%)
Group classroom planning task (2400 words or equivalent, 60%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements

  • 9 hours of independent study per week including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning