Course Title: Understanding Diversity and Difference

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Understanding Diversity and Difference

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2483

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

TCHE2509

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2016,
Sem 2 2017

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

TCHE2509

Brunswick Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex17 (INT3)

Course Coordinator: Dr Emily Gray

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7660

Course Coordinator Email: emily.gray@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 220.04.11


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course focusses upon questioning the multiple ways in which we can understand diversity, difference and education. The course is informed by the principles of equity, global participation, social justice and anti-discrimination legislative frameworks. The course will introduce you to some of the key contemporary ways of thinking about and understanding diversity and difference within Australia and the globe. Particular attention will be paid to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and knowledge, and at least one other area of diversity and difference which will be based on your course team’s area(s) of expertise.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically discuss diversity and difference as social constructions that are historically, socially, economically, politically, legally and contextually situated
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and experiences as they apply within contemporary education settings
  • Apply critical insights to notions of diversity and difference within pedagogies and pedagogical practices; and
  • Relate sociological and theoretical frameworks for examining diversity and difference to contemporary educational practice.


You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Engage with diverse learners in a range of educational contexts in order to develop skills and knowledge for flexible and adaptable participation in professional communities of practice.
  • Develop and apply theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to your professional practice and development in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on educational policy and practice in both local and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and innovation when identifying and solving programs in diverse educational contexts.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face, blended and online such as lectures, tutorials, critical reading, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

You will make explicit links to the cross-curricular priorities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

What you learn in this course will directly assist you with your teaching in all the AusVELS Learning Areas, especially Civics and Citizenship and History
 


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities.

Assessment may include essays, reports, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program manager or the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

The Student Charter www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/supporting-learning-and-teaching/student-charter/ summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT University student as well as the responsibilities of the university.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which can be found on the RMIT University website at: www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=qwxbqbg739rl1