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Identity, Equity and Change (EDUC90641)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90641
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject offers an overview and exploration of contemporary theories about difference, equality, social justice, identity and youth. It maps the recent history and development of these ideas, and situates them in relation to youth studies. The politics and processes of social change are examined, including what claims to social change and social justice involve and some of the central challenges and dilemmas this represents for young people. Students will gain an understanding of major and influential debates involving the above key concepts, and critically explore their relevance to educational research, theory and practice. Examples will be drawn from national and international settings. There will be opportunities for students to develop in-depth study of select concepts and issues. Topics covered include: feminist and postcolonial theories of identity and difference; diverse approaches to understanding subjectivity; new forms of gender and class analysis; anti-racism; social justice and human rights; and the impact of theories of difference and identity on social and educational practices.

Intended learning outcomes

On the completion of this subject, students should be be able to:

  • Discuss and examine the relationship between equity, identity, and difference with regards to young people, education and contemporary society and culture
  • Review and critique theory and research on equity, identity and difference in relation to young people
  • Investigate the role of particular settings, such as schools, workplaces and higher and further education, in shaping equity and identity.
  • Develop a critical and informed perspective on the implications of social change for educational theories and practices.

Generic skills

  • Critical reasoning and thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Evidence based decision making
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
  • Active and participatory citizenship

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

2 assignments, totalling 5,000 words

  • An essay that critically reviews key debates regarding equity and identity and nominates select concepts for in-depth analysis. 2,000 words due mid semester, 40%
  • An essay that applies the conceptual insights from the first part of the subject to examine their relevance to a particular educational problem, setting or sector. 3,000 words due in the examination period, 60%

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorSophie Rudolph
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    A reading list will be provided electronically

    Recommended texts and other resources

    A reading list will be provided electronically

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 15 August 2019