EDUC206-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Education and Society: Ideals and Realities

15 points
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 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
    • 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-P1 Friday 12:00 - 14:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 23 Jul - 29 Jul
6 Aug - 12 Aug
20 Aug - 26 Aug
17 Sep - 30 Sep
8 Oct - 21 Oct
01-P2 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 A5 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 22 Jul
30 Jul - 5 Aug
13 Aug - 19 Aug
10 Sep - 16 Sep
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 E16 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Timetable Note

Wednesdays 12 – 1pm, E16

Fridays 12 – 1pm (12 – 2 on alternate weeks), A5

Course Coordinator

David Small


David Small and Kathleen Quinlivan


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Take-home test 31 Aug 2018 50% David’s Section
Take-home test 26 Oct 2018 50% Kathleen’s Section

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

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

Requests for extensions

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

Special Consideration

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

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)