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Social and Professional Contexts (EDUC90774)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90774
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject assists teacher candidates to understand their professional role in and beyond the primary classroom, as well as the changing social and professional contexts in which teachers’ work. It will also examine the social and cultural factors that have an impact on primary school students’ learning and educational outcomes. Key themes of equity, inclusion and social justice are addressed. These are examined in the light of system and school-level responses, with a focus on the role of policy in guiding teacher practice, curriculum design and professional relationships in primary schools.

Intended learning outcomes

The core aims of this subject are for teacher candidates to:

  • Gain knowledge of key debates and theories concerning equity, social differences, and human rights and their relevance to educational practice and policy;
  • Critically consider system and school-based responses to addressing issues relating to equity, inclusion and social justice;
  • Develop a critical analysis of the wider social and global context of education systems, schools and classrooms;
  • Build an understanding of the socio-cultural factors that shape students’ learning, their school experiences and educational outcomes; and
  • Acquire/deepen knowledge of the diverse professional contexts of teachers’ work in schools and other educational settings.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject teacher candidates will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on their practice and professional role;
  • Articulate the value of equity, participation and democracy in learning and teaching;
  • Respond professionally to school-wide, community and system expectations;
  • Work cooperatively in professional teams; and
  • Commit to an ongoing pursuit of learning and actively engage with current research.

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EDUC90370 Assessment for Teaching


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
EDUC90489 Professional Practice and Seminar Prim 3
Semester 2

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



There are 2 assessment tasks:

  • A reflective essay (1000 words) due mid semester, 50%
  • One group presentation and reflective analysis of group process (equivalent to 1000 words) due end of semester, 50%

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

Dates & times

  • March
    Principal coordinatorBernadette Murphy
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours18 hours
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 17 May 2019
    Last self-enrol date19 March 2019
    Census date29 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail17 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    March contact information

Time commitment details

85 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Collection of readings.

  • 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: 3 April 2019