Course Title: Young People, Education and Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Young People, Education and Society

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Michael Crowhurst

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6625

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

not applicable

Course Description

Inquiring about Young People, Education and Society draws from theory, history, politics, sociology and cultural studies to offer students an overview of the perspectives, philosophies and debates that are currently informing education. The focus of this course is on young people and on their participation and experiences in education and training and contemporary society. The course calls upon students to critically engage with and reflect upon educational policy and practice and what they have experienced on placements to develop their own understandings of education and its purposes (academically, socially, culturally and globally). The course will ask students to question the extent to which individual teachers can impact upon their students’ educational outcomes and require students to reflect on the importance of whole school environments in generating participation and wellbeing. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

not applicable

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

  • Critically analyse and apply educational research to your professional practice, demonstrating inclusive, learner-focused, evidence-based teaching
  • Consolidate and synthesise expert content and pedagogical knowledge and judgement to develop highly effective and innovative teaching skills in an area of specialisation.
  • Demonstrate a capacity for critically reflective practice including social, environmental and cultural professional awareness in both local and global contexts.
  • Communicate and engage professionally and ethically with students, colleagues, parents, carers and education stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
  • Show commitment to ongoing professional learning, particularly in relation to Page 2 of 13 meeting the Australian Graduate Standards for Teachers.

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

   AITSL Standards
1. Analyse and demonstrate a critical understanding of historical and contemporary theoretical understandings of society, education wellbeing and young people  

1.3, 1.4

 2. Identify and explain key issues that impact upon individuals and groups of young people in education and training drawing on social theory.  1.2, 4.1, 4.4
3. Identify, question and interpret contemporary assumptions about knowledge, learning, teaching, youth participation and wellbeing as they are evident in responses to key issues concerning individuals and groups of young people in education and training. 3.6, 4.4, 7.2 
4. Apply theoretical frameworks informed by social theory to critically engage with work undertaken to address key issues experienced by individuals and groups of young people in educative settings  3.6, 4.4


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning in this course will involve a range of face-to-face and online activities including 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 educational 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

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

There are 2 assessment tasks:

   Assessment of Course Outcomes   Assessment of AITSL Standards
Essay and Poster (Weighting 50%) Individual task   CLO1, CLO2, CLO3  1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.4, 7.2
Project (Weighting 50%) Individual task  CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, CLO4 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.6, 4.1, 4.4, 7.2


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 manager 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: