Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - 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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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Mary-Lou Rasmussen (Clayton)


This unit inquires into the interconnections between education and society in contemporary social and cultural contexts. It builds on a sequence of foundation units that students study in the first two years of the double degree for secondary candidates. The backdrop for study in this unit will be a consideration of historical relationships between schooling, social justice and questions of social transformation. Students will also consider how students and teachers in schools and community settings might respond to these issues at a local and global level.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. show an understanding of a range of issues related to schooling at both a local and global level;
  2. understand the relationship between schooling, social justice and transformation;
  3. utilize diverse sociological and philosophical perspectives in analysing issues related to students' and teachers' everyday experiences of schooling;
  4. reflect critically on themselves and their relationship to current debates raised in the unit;
  5. critically engage with and articulate an understanding of differing sociological and philosophical debates about schooling and society; and
  6. apply their skills and knowledge to respond to these issues at a local and global level in school and community contexts associated with fieldwork.


5 days shared across this unit and EDF3006 Adolescent development and learning


Assessment task 1: Case Study (2,000 words, 50%)
Assessment task 2: Research paper (2,000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mary-Lou Rasmussen

Contact hours

2 hrs per week


Must have passed 3 units in {EDF1303, EDF1304, EDF2003, EDF2004, EDF2005, EDF3002}