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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:
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
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.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
EDUC120 and TEDU111
Students must attend one activity from each section.
For further information see
School of Educational Studies and Leadership Head of Department
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 is also an optional assessment task that students may use to boost their grades.All assessment information in this course outline should be read in conjunction with the University of Canterbury’s Assessment Policy Principles and Guidelines available at http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/about/governance/ucpolicy/student/assessment-policy-principles-and-guidelines/
Dishonest practice is viewed very seriously and can bring punishments as severe as expulsion from the university. Be particularly careful not to plagiarise, to copy or to allow your work to be copied. These are all forms of dishonest practice. If you are uncertain about this, please consult an academic staff member.Students should be familiar with the relevant regulations which are available here Academic Integrity Policy
Where, for reasons beyond their control, students are prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment, they may apply for a Special consideration. This is a formal process the details of which can be found here Special Considerations
Domestic fee $761.00
International fee $3,188.00
* 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.