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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.
Students who successfully complete this course will: Be able to draw on sociological and philosophical work in addressing educational questions. Be aware of some of the connections and tensions between ideals and realities in education and society. Have the capacity to
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
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Wednesdays 12 – 1pm, E16Fridays 12 – 1pm (12 – 2 on alternate weeks), A5
and Kathleen Quinlivan
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 UC regulations which are available here: Academic Integrity
Where unforeseeable and unavoidable circumstances prevent students from working, applications can be made for an extension to the due date for assessments. Applications should be sent to David Small and include the reasons for requesting the extension along with any supporting evidence such as a medical certificate
For reasons beyond their control, students are sometimes prevented from completing an assessment or suffer significant impairment. In cases like this, they may apply for “special consideration”. This is a formal process the details of which can be found here Special Consideration
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.