Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester (Open Learning) 2012 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Ms Kim Davies (Gippsland); Mr Joseph Agbenyega (Peninsula)


In this unit students will explore a range of theoretical perspectives (i.e., critical theory, critical race theory, feminisms, indigenous knowledges, queer theory, etc.) relating to difference and diversity. Students will construct, examine, deconstruct and map their own social positionings in relation to their personal and professional experiences of difference and diversity. Through critical reflection and participatory practices students will work collaboratively in developing teaching, learning and assessment processes that recognize and support multiple discourses of difference.


  1. recognise and describe the influence of various discourses that affect their own social positioning, that of the educational profession and of the children and families served by schools;
  2. develop a theoretical language to identify and support their beliefs about difference and diversity;
  3. identify and analyse learning contexts that recognise, engage with and value difference;
  4. design learning tasks that recognise, engage with and value difference; and
  5. design a range of assessment tasks and instruments that recognise, enagage with and value difference.




Assessment task 1: A Creative Presentation (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Group Classroom Planning Task (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Kim Davies (Gippsland)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.