Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Professor Joanne Deppeler


This unit considers key issues in relation to the concept of inclusion and its relationship with learning across different contexts. A central emphasis of the unit is on the ways in which education can be transformed to include all learners regardless of their age, sexuality, gender, class, ethnicity and disability. The unit addresses three major areas related to inclusion. First, the unit demonstrates how various social, global and economic forces underpin and influence inclusive education practices at global, national and local levels. Second, the unit explores how barriers to participation are created overtly and covertly at community, school and class levels for selected members of the society (particularly for those with a disability). Third, the unit offers information about various ways in which barriers to participation could be addressed to promote inclusion of excluded members (particularly those with a disability) across different contexts.


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

  1. identify the key aspects influencing inclusion practice
  2. interpret and critically evaluate the reasons that result in some members (particularly those with a disability) of the society being excluded from participation in a range of educational and social activities
  3. communicate evidence that explains the basis of exclusion from educational contexts
  4. evaluate approaches that strengthen inclusion across different contexts
  5. create responsive strategies to promote inclusion of learners with disabilities within a particular context.


Reflective essay on inclusion (4000 words, 50%)
Analytic review or inclusive strategy (4000 words, 50%)

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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Chief examiner(s)

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