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

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. 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 contexts. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

● Demonstrate broad and coherent theoretical and technical knowledge in education

● Develop deep and broad knowledge of education theory and the transformative potential of education in society in both local and global contexts

● Apply initiative, judgement, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving skills and the capacity to work responsibly, ethically and inclusively in individual and collaborative professional contexts to enhance your practice

● Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to promote education for a sustainable future and to support diversity in all its forms

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

  • Discuss and engage with the purposes of education
  • Confidently read and analyse educational research into primary education in Australia and other contexts and apply it to your understanding of the contemporary classroom. 
  • Find, investigate and evaluate resources to assist with learning and teaching with and about difference and create learning tasks and experiences appropriate for primary students with a focus on a diversity of languages and cultures  


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of activities including online lectures, workshops, practical activities, individual tasks, collaborative group work, discussion and individual reflection.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT University will support your access to learning resources for this course. Readings from current Education literature will be provided through your online course site and will be drawn from highly regarded academic journals, books and conferences as well as reports, websites and other online resources.\

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 

Assistance with referencing and avoiding plagiarism is available here

The Library and the Study and Learning Centre are also on hand to support and assist in the development of your academic skills to make best use of such resources within your academic studies.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment tasks in this course are designed as opportunities for you to demonstrate your learning in relation to the course content and objectives and on your development against the program learning outcomes.

Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning.

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 the Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online