Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

EDUC459 Equality, Diversity and Education

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.

Paper title Equality, Diversity and Education
Paper code EDUC459
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,206.91
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

^ Top of page

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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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

^ Top of page


Not offered in 2023

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