EDUC30074 Education, Politics and Social Movements

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Jessica Gerrard, Ms Sophie Rudolph




Subject Overview:

This subject explores how education has been utilised for social and policy change through social movements in Australia and internationally. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a range of international and national examples of social and political movements that connect to education in different ways - from campaigns for justice, to equality, feminism, Indigenous self-determination and queer rights. They will examine educational, historical and sociological issues related to power, politics, justice and freedom. 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.

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
  • Written response to campaign material from a social movement (700 words) due early semester (20%)
  • Written response to a policy debate (1300 words) due mid semester (30%)
  • Critical research essay on a chosen social or reform movement in relation to education (2000 words) due end of semester (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Minimum of 80% attendance at all scheduled lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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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
Related Breadth Track(s): Youth, Citizenship and Identity

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