EDF5664 - Learning through participation - 2018

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Jennifer Bleazby


Jennifer Bleazby

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (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%)

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:

  1. 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
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

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

Option for Master of Education in:

Adult learning

Digital learning

General education studies

Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education