Social and Professional Contexts (TFA) 1

Subject EDUC90583 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 18 hours
Total Time Commitment: 60 hours
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: You must take the following subject in the same study period
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Ms Debra Tyler


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: This subject focuses on the professional role of associates in and beyond the classroom, and examines the changing social and professional contexts in which teachers work. It will also examine the social and cultural factors that have an impact on student learning and educational outcomes. Key themes of equity, inclusion and social justice are addressed.
Objectives: On completion of this subject, associates will be able to:
  • Understand the diverse professional contexts of teachers’ work in schools and other educational settings;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the socio-cultural factors that shape students’ learning, their school experiences and educational outcomes;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of key debates and theories concerning equity, social differences, and human rights and their relevance to educational practice and policy.

Group Project (with other associates placed in the school), due at end of semester (equivalent to 1500 word: 50 per cent);

Reflective analysis of group process (1000 words: 50 per cent)

Prescribed Texts: Connell, R et al. Education, Change and Society Oxford University Press, 2007
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: On completion of this subject, associates will have the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them to;
  • Critically reflect on their practice and professional role;
  • Articulate the importance of equity, participation and democracy in education;
  • Work productively in their school to meet community and system expectations.

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