Course Title: Education and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education and Society

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:



Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Rucelle Hughes

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257808

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course focuses upon education and its social and cultural role within and beyond Australia. You will engage with educational theories and research that examines the ‘state of play’ within Australia primary schooling and early childhood settings. There is a particular focus upon how to understand and support students from diverse backgrounds and you will be introduced to a range of pedagogical strategies and theoretical underpinnings of teaching within and about difference and diversity. Throughout this course, you will develop skills, strategies and resources to both think through and support diversity within contemporary primary school classroom and early childhood contexts.   

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following BP320P24 program learning outcomes:  

PLO2 Enhance student learning and wellbeing by adopting practices that support sustainable futures and principles of inclusion.    

Course Learning Outcomes 

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

    Graduate APST 
1.  Examine and critically discuss the purposes of education in society  6.2 
2.  Read and analyse educational research into primary and early childhood education in Australia and other contexts and apply it to your understanding of the contemporary classroom.  3.6, 6.2 
3.  Find, investigate and evaluate resources to assist learning and teaching with and about difference, and create learning experiences appropriate for students with diverse backgrounds and needs.  1.3, 3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2 


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as workshops, tutorials, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Teaching and learning may be face to face, online, or a combination of both. 

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

The University Library provides extensive scholarly resources to supplement your suggested readings and research and is able to request books or articles from any library in the world. Guides to the literature in your discipline area are available from 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal. 

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes (CLO) and on your development against the program learning outcomes. The assessment is also mapped against the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST).  

Assessment Tasks 

  Title  Weighting  CLOs  APSTs 
AT 1  Foundations for Understanding Education and Society: Quiz and Microcredential  20%  1, 2  3.6, 6.2 
AT 2  Digital Teaching and Learning Resource  50%   2, 3  1.3, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 6.2 
AT 3 


Critical Reflection about Teaching, Education and Society  30%  1, 2  3.6, 6.2 



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 coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.