Faculty of Education

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - 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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LevelUndergraduate, Postgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester (Open Learning) 2012 (Open Learning)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosalie Triolo (On-Day, Clayton), Dr Adam Bertram (On-campus, Off-campus & Open-Learn, Gippsland)


This unit is designed to introduce students to the societal and cultural diversity that surrounds and informs teaching in a wide range of educational settings. This unit focuses on ways in which teachers and learners self-identify: class and social background, gender, sexuality, race, indigeneity, and special learning needs including literacy and numeracy. Educational issues implicit the creation of an inclusive curriculum are considered such as combating homophobia and bullying. Students will consider education at the local, national and international level.


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

  1. develop an understanding of the societal diversity that surrounds and embeds teaching and learning in educational institutions;
  2. critique educational policies related to the issues discussed in this unit;
  3. understand the social and cultural contexts that influence education at the local, national and international level; and
  4. recognise and articulate the principles of an inclusive approach to teaching and learning.


Assessment task 1: Analysis and critique of an educational policy (2,000 words; 50%).
Assessment task 2: Essay (2,000 words; 50%).

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Rosalie Triolo

Contact hours

3 hrs per week


Undergraduate degree; enrolment in Grad. Dip. Ed; or by special permission