Courses & Units

Equity, Diversity and Schooling EDU305



In this unit, you will explore teaching and schooling from a sociological perspective. The unit introduces you to the way schools are shaped by wider political contexts that enable and constrain what education is and what schooling can be. This broad context exerts considerable influence upon how teaching and learning is shaped and the identities of teachers and students. As a teacher, you need to be cognisant of the complexities of this context and its impact upon education, schools and teaching. The unit introduces you to key concepts and issues such as power, identity, equality and disadvantage. The unit builds your knowledge of the politics of education while developing your skills in culturally responsive teaching. It enables you to critically explore how schooling and teaching can contribute to a more equitable and just society. Modules in this unit provide a basis for you to understand the interconnections between contemporary issues in education, current research in schooling and key theories of sociology, your own experiences of learning and teaching and the professional work of teachers.


Unit name Equity, Diversity and Schooling
Unit code EDU305
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Kim Beasy
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the contemporary context of education and schooling from a sociological perspective
  • communicate the theoretical concepts of educational sociology such as power, identity, equality and disadvantage that shape how schooling is practised and experienced by teachers and/or students
  • apply key concepts and skills from the sociology of education to enact culturally responsive pedagogies
  • exemplify attitudes and professional values to meet the needs of children and the education profession, including a commitment to social justice
  • establish honest, ethical, professional conduct with colleagues and apply principles of ethics and conduct for the teaching profession in professional communication skills across a range of communication forums and apply constructive feedback to improve practice, where necessary.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
070300 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,108.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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(EDU202 OR ESH202 OR EAL211 OR EAL201) AND (EAL110 OR EDU190 OR ESH390)


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