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EDUC254 Family Resources, Culture, and Education

Explores the relationship between social class and family background and educational achievement/performance. Concentrates on the family in a cultural context and the link between family resources and education, focusing on the importance of social context for theories of student learning and educational achievement.

Social inequality involves societal resources and opportunities being distributed unequally among different groups in society. This paper explores social inequality and the role education plays in reproducing or challenging it. Issues discussed include social class, economic inequality, culture and colonialism. Students are encouraged to reflect upon social processes that have influenced their own identity formation and educational experiences.

Paper title Family Resources, Culture, and Education
Paper code EDUC254
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
With approval, students who have passed EDUC 105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.
Contact
ruth.gasson@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Ruth Gasson
Teaching Arrangements
13 two-hour workshop/laboratory sessions and 13 one-hour lectures
Textbooks
Required readings are available online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • To be familiar with the educational sociology literature about education, achievement and post-school transitions
  • To recognise the importance of social context and family resources for education
  • To be familiar with New Zealand research on achievement in the sociology of education

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 14:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Explores the relationship between social class and family background and educational achievement/performance. Concentrates on the family in a cultural context and the link between family resources and education, focusing on the importance of social context for theories of student learning and educational achievement.

This paper explores how a family's cultural, economic, and social resources influence the educational achievement and engagement of children and young people. It highlights the complex ways that education both challenges and reproduces social inequality, whereby societal resources and opportunities are unequally distributed among different groups in society.

Drawing on the theoretical tools of Pierre Bourdieu and other critical thinkers in education, students will consider a range of interrelated issues and ideas, including social class, economic inequality, culture, intersectionality, privilege, and colonialism. Students will also reflect upon social processes that have influenced their own identity formation and educational experiences.

This paper will appeal to students with an interest in sociology, social justice, and education.

Paper title Family Resources, Culture, and Education
Paper code EDUC254
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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Prerequisite
EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
With approval, students who have passed EDUC 105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.
Contact
ruth.gasson@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Ruth Gasson
Other staff : Dr Catherine Hartung
Teaching Arrangements
Thirteen 2-hour workshop/laboratory sessions and thirteen 1-hour lectures
Textbooks
Required readings are available online.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • To be familiar with the educational sociology literature about education, achievement and post-school transitions
  • To recognise the importance of social context and family resources for education
  • To be familiar with New Zealand research on achievement in the sociology of education

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41