EDUC206-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Education and Society: Ideals and Realities

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


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 question commonly accepted views in education and to explore social alternatives.
    • 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.

      Employable, innovative and enterprising

      Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


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



Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 Rehua 005 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 Rehua 009 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mahdis Azarmandi


Monica Vahl


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 85% Take home essays (Two) Due in Week 5 and Week 12
Weekly Reflections 15% Weekly reflections - no feedback. Peer-reviewed. 2 marks awarded for submission

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* 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

  • EDUC206-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • EDUC206-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)