EDUC315-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Educating for Diversity

30 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 introduces students to methods of critical enquiry into practices that engage with diversities across a range of formal and informal educational sites.

How can education respond to the complexities of engaging with diversity in ways that can that equip everyone to survive and thrive in an increasingly diverse global world? This course will critically examine a range of approaches for engaging with diversity in a variety of formal and non formal educational sites. Students lived experiences will be drawn on to explore a range of conceptual approaches for engaging with diversity, and their implications for practice will be critically engaged with. Contemporary debates concerning issues of assimilation, affirmative action and access (among others) in relation to cultures, genders and sexualities, ability, race and class will be discussed.

This course will critically examine some of the approaches used to develop equitable and inclusive opportunities in education for diverse learners. The notion of diversity reflects a wide spectrum of differences, including those that place students at risk and those that do not. Further this conceptualization of diversity embraces both individual characteristics and those that exist within and across social-cultural groups, so that students will gain an appreciation of the fact that learners who have a particular characteristic are not a homogenous group. Issues around assimilation, affirmative action and access (among others) in relation to cultures, genders and sexualities, ability and class will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will:
  • Describe, compare and contrast various means to framing diversity
  • Examine and contextualize current debates in NZ in/about diversity
  • Analyse research, policy and formal and non-formal educational sites which engage with diversity and their implications
  • Examine and contextualize current debates in NZ in/about inclusive 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.

      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.

      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.


EDUC206 or
any 30 points at 200 level of EDUC or
by permission of the Head of School.


EDUC215 completed before 2000

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 15:00 Rehua 009 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 F1 Lectorial 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Trish McMenamin


Mahdis Azarmandi


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 21 Aug 2020 50%
Essay 16 Oct 2020 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,553.00

International fee $6,750.00

* 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 EDUC315 Occurrences

  • EDUC315-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020
  • EDUC315-20S2 (D) Semester Two 2020 (Distance)