Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosalyn Black


This unit studies the educational policy and practice interface, critically analysing national and Victorian educational policy and discourses around social justice. It examines the Melbourne Declaration on the Educational Goals for Young Australians and other federal and state policies as attempts to redress socio-economic disadvantage and advance social justice and inclusion. It also examines the ways these policies are enacted at the school and classroom level. The focus is on constructive ways of developing and improving curriculum and pedagogy to enhance learning outcomes and life futures for all students.


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

  1. describe the key national and Victorian policies pertaining to social justice, social equity and social inclusion
  2. critically analyse the role of schooling and teaching in social justice, social equity and social inclusion
  3. investigate the ways in which social justice, social equity and social inclusion policies and discourses are taken up at school and classroom levels
  4. identify and critique curriculum and pedagogical practices that advance social inclusion and enhance the life futures for all students
  5. imagine and outline a professional teaching practice that aligns with social justice, social equity and social inclusion.


Essay (2000 words, 50%)
Inquiry learning project (2000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2 contact hours per week comprising of lectures, tutorials and online activities

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required minimum hours per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study