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.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered, or view unit timetables.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Miss Ann Guns


This unit is designed to introduce students to the societal and cultural diversity that surrounds and informs teaching in a wide range of educational settings. This unit focuses on ways in which teachers and learners self-identify: class and social background, gender, sexuality, race, indigeneity and special learning needs including literacy and numeracy. Educational issues implicit in the creation of an inclusive curriculum are considered such as combating homophobia and bullying. Students will consider education at the local, national and international level.


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

  1. develop an understanding of the societal diversity that surrounds and embeds teaching and learning in educational institutions
  2. critique educational policies related to the issues discussed in this unit
  3. understand the social and cultural contexts that influence education at the local, national and international level
  4. recognise and articulate the principles of an inclusive approach to teaching and learning.


Analysis and critique of an educational policy (2000 words, 50%)
Essay (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

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


Undergraduate degree; enrolment in Graduate Diploma of Education; or by special permission