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    Investigates theories of equality and applies them to poverty, gender, ethnicity, culture and ability. Critically addresses the question of why educators should be concerned about societal inequalities.

    Inclusive education, bicultural education, multicultural education, equality of opportunity, social equality, individual rights, group rights, etc - theories about each suggest an ideal social arrangement that demands equality of something. There are often conflicts or tensions among the theories. This paper gives you the opportunity to identify, compare and critically appraise the features of equality being demanded in a selection of educational policies and practices and to research one of your choosing.

    About this paper

    Paper title Equality, Diversity and Education
    Subject Education
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    Limited to
    PGCertEdLn, PGDipEdLn, MEdLn, BA(Hons), PGDipArts, MA(Coursework), MA(Thesis)
    Students outside of the approved programmes, with 54 300-level EDUC points, may be admitted with approval from the Dean of the College of Education.
    Teaching staff

    To be confirmed when offered next.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Weekly asynchronous online discussions.


    Students will be expected to access required readings via the library and the internet and to source their own relevant readings.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research.
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students who successfully complete the paper will develop
    • Knowledge of a selection of theories of equality
    • Awareness of the different political perspectives on equality
    • Knowledge of the theory, policy and practice of selected educational issues, especially in respect of the features of equality being sought
    • Understanding of the assumptions and possible consequences of applying selected theories of equality in the context of the selected education policies and practices
    • Confidence to participate in political, educational and philosophical discussions about equality and education


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
    Learning management system
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