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EDUC101 Education and Society

An examination of the political, social and cultural dimensions of contemporary educational practice.

Education serves a vital role in society and is often at the heart of public debate. This paper will introduces you to key social, cultural, historical, and political debates related to education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through lectures, workshops, and readings, the paper provides students with provocations and tools to develop a critical and informed understanding of the complex and multiple roles of education in society. In particular, you will consider:

  1. Who should be educated, why, and who decides?
  2. How is education organised, developed, and debated in Aotearoa New Zealand?
  3. How does education respond to societal issues and work to include or exclude children and young people (based on culture, gender, sexuality, disability, and class)?

Such critical understandings are a huge asset for everyone, especially if you are considering working as, or with, educators in the future.

Paper title Education and Society
Paper code EDUC101
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Restriction
EDUT 131, EDTX 131
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

sylvia.robertson@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator and Lecturers: (Dunedin) Dr Sylvia Robertson
(Invercargill) Jill Paris and Adair Polson-Genge
Other staff: to be confirmed

Paper Structure

The paper is structured around the following questions:

  1. How have changing understandings of children and young people shaped education?
  2. How is education organised, developed, and debated in Aotearoa New Zealand?
  3. How does education respond to societal issues and work to include/exclude children and young people?

Students will explore answers to these questions and develop informed positions in relation to key debates by:

  • Attending and actively engaging in the lectures (1 hour/week) and workshops (2 hours/week);
  • Collaborating with peers in workshops to explore, formulate, debate, and evaluate course material from different points of view;
  • Completing the weekly readings and making connections with lectures and workshops; and
  • Demonstrating depth of understanding of the course material via two written assignments and a final exam.
Textbooks

There is no textbook for this course. Instead, the weekly readings (journal articles and book chapters) will be available online via eReserve and/or the Robertson Library course reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper, students will be able to recognise and critically examine:

  1. The significant, multiple, and complex functions of schooling in contemporary society;
  2. The changing and debated nature of education systems from earlier times to present;
  3. The problematic and taken-for-granted discourses that impact schooling and the educative process; and
  4. How relationship between education, culture, and society.

In addition to these key objectives, the paper will also assist in the development of important academic and professional skills, particularly in relation to academic writing conventions (e.g., clarity, grammar, punctuation, referencing, etc.) and team work.

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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
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A5 Friday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
A6 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A7 Friday 09:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
A8 Thursday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Second Semester

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

An examination of the political, social and cultural dimensions of contemporary educational practice.

Education serves a vital role in society and is often at the heart of public debate. This paper will introduces you to key social, cultural, historical, and political debates related to education in Aotearoa New Zealand. Through lectures, workshops, and readings, the paper provides students with provocations and tools to develop a critical and informed understanding of the complex and multiple roles of education in society. In particular, you will consider:

  1. Who should be educated, why, and who decides?
  2. How is education organised, developed, and debated in Aotearoa New Zealand?
  3. How does education respond to societal issues and work to include or exclude children and young people (based on culture, gender, sexuality, disability, and class)?

Such critical understandings are a huge asset for everyone, especially if you are considering working as, or with, educators in the future.

Paper title Education and Society
Paper code EDUC101
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Restriction
EDUT 131, EDTX 131
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact

Dr Sylvia Robertson (Lecturer in Education Studies): sylvia.robertson@otago.ac.nz

Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Sylvia Robertson
Other staff: To be confirmed

Paper Structure

The paper is structured around the following questions:

  1. How have changing understandings of children and young people shaped education?
  2. How is education organised, developed, and debated in Aotearoa New Zealand?
  3. How does education respond to societal issues and work to include/exclude children and young people?

Students will explore answers to these questions and develop informed positions in relation to key debates by:

  • Attending and actively engaging in the lectures (1 hour/week) and workshops (2 hours/week);
  • Collaborating with peers in workshops to explore, formulate, debate, and evaluate course material from different points of view;
  • Completing the weekly readings and making connections with lectures and workshops; and
  • Demonstrating depth of understanding of the course material via two written assignments and a final exam.
Textbooks

There is no textbook for this course. Instead, the weekly readings (journal articles and book chapters) will be available online via eReserve and/or the Robertson Library course reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper, students will be able to recognise and critically examine:

  1. The significant, multiple, and complex functions of schooling in contemporary society;
  2. The changing and debated nature of education systems from earlier times to present;
  3. The problematic and taken-for-granted discourses that impact schooling and the educative process; and
  4. How relationship between education, culture, and society.

In addition to these key objectives, the paper will also assist in the development of important academic and professional skills, particularly in relation to academic writing conventions (e.g., clarity, grammar, punctuation, referencing, etc.) and team work.

^ Top of page

Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41
A3 Thursday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A4 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A5 Thursday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41
A6 Friday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A7 Friday 13:00-14:50 28-34, 36-41

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:30-14:20 28-34, 36-41