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Education and Social Movements (EDUC30074)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Not available in 2019

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeEDUC30074
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This subject offers students the opportunity to examine how education is linked to social movements and change. Students will explore the pedagogical, social, political, and cultural bases of campaigns for educational justice and equity across different Australian and international case studies. Critically applying the notion of ‘public pedagogy’, students will investigate how social movements use educational practices and ideas to put forward their agenda for justice and freedom. Using art, historical archives, and campaign materials, students will engage with the diversity of voices and movements that contribute to educational change. This subject will equip students with the knowledge and skills to critically analyse policy reform so as to understand the relationship between history, education, and social movements.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Understand the role of social movements in educational, social and political change and policy reform
  • Critically analyse the ways in which education has been variously utilised as a vehicle for social change
  • Understand the contested and multifaceted nature of education policy and practice reform
  • Critically analyse the role of students and educators as agents of change in historical and contemporary social movements

Generic skills

This subject will assist students to develop the following set of transferable skills:

  • Analytic and critical thinking skills in relation to real world social and political problems and issues
  • Improved academic written skills through analysis of case studies of social movements and education
  • Verbal communication skills through collaborating with peers in in-class discussions
  • The ability to connect social theories to social and political problems and issues, past and present
  • The development of scholarly critique through in-depth engagement with the literature

Last updated: 22 October 2019