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This course provides an introduction to foundational theories, concepts and processes in the study of education. The course explores theories about power, justice and fairness in society, with a particular focus on how they relate to education. It also examines what part factors such as class, genders and sexualities, disability, and race may play in maintaining unequal forms of education. An important feature of the course will be analysing the role played by education in the development of colonial relations between Maori and Pakeha, and how that continues to shape contemporary New Zealand society.
An important feature of the course will be analysing the role played by education in the development of colonial relations between Māori and Pakeha, and how that continues to shape contemporary New Zealand society.
Students who successfully complete this course will:1. Demonstrate an understanding of the wider social, cultural and political contexts in which the education system operates.2. Use theories to articulate their analysis of the relationships between educational achievement and social standing. 3. Describe what part social factors such as class, genders and sexualities, disability, and race may play in maintaining unequal forms of education. 4. Apply their understanding of aspects of New Zealand history, notably the Treaty of Waitangi, to modern educational and social challenges.5. Locate themselves within contemporary social and educational discussions, including in relation to biculturalism in the New Zealand context.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
EDUC120 and TEDU111
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The course assessment activities are designed to measure students' familiarity with the course content and their ability to critically engage with it. There are two compulsory pieces of each worth 50% of the final grade. There are also two optional assessment tasks that can be used to boost student grades.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership.