EDUC206-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Education and Society: Ideals and Realities

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


This course considers the connections and tensions between ideals and realities in education and society. Drawing on work in the sociology of education, the philosophy of education, and educational policy studies, as well as on educational practices, the course addresses questions such as these: How should society be structured? What do we hope to achieve through education? Why do some students ‘fail’ and others ‘succeed’? What role can education play in social change? This course encourages participants to deepen their understanding of education, social life, and human fulfillment.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:
1. Recognise the value of using sociological approaches to the analysis of educational issues
2. Develop a sociological imagination about education

University Graduate Attributes

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.


30 points in EDUC or 45 points of SOCI, POLS, HIST, CULT, ANTH or permission of the Head of School



Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 340 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 E16 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 John Britten 117 HP Seminar Room 16 Jul - 22 Jul
30 Jul - 5 Aug
13 Aug - 19 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
24 Sep - 30 Sep
8 Oct - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator

David Small


David Small and Kathleen Quinlivan


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 50%
Online take home test 50%

Please note an exam for this course will be held during the Official UC Examinations weeks 30 October - 16 November, 2017.

Indicative Fees

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.

All EDUC206 Occurrences

  • EDUC206-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018
  • EDUC206-18S2 (D) Semester Two 2018 (Distance)