Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Flexible)


This unit focuses on the ways in which critical pedagogies and experiential learning deepen social inclusion and facilitate transformative experiences for communities. Students explore how socially inclusive communities are developed before considering the place of community-located education as a means to promote inclusion. Students learn how and why experiential learning and transformative approaches to teaching and learning can be used in community contexts to address core social issues such as poverty, racism, crime and ill health. Practical case studies are examined and developed to explore the role of education in promoting community inclusion in global settings.


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

  1. understand competing theoretical perspectives explaining social inclusion and inclusive communities
  2. review critical and experiential teaching and learning approaches that bring about community transformation
  3. critically analyse the value of different teaching and learning approaches in addressing core social problems
  4. develop and evaluate the practical application of community inclusion projects across a variety of settings.


Essay (4000 words, 50%)
Case study evaluation (4000 words, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face to face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for flexible students:

  • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
  • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements (all students):

  • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

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