EDU101 - Education, Knowledge and Society

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Arif Kabir


Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

1 x 1-hour lecture per week
1 x 2-hour seminar per week

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

1 x 2-hour seminar per week


This is the first specialist Education Studies unit being offered in the Bachelor of Arts. During this unit you will be asked to explore, debate, discuss and challenge your own understanding, beliefs, experiences in education and begin the process of critical reflection around the purpose and value of education today.

This unit provides you with a broad introduction to the study of education theory and practice, spanning the related disciplines of sociology, philosophy, history and political science. It considers the development of professional knowledge in Education and the development of a range of educational theories to analyse the relationship between education and society with reference to education institutions such as: early childhood Education, schooling, training, higher Education, and adult and community.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Reflect on your own experience of education and/or schooling in terms of formal and informal learning activities and draw on examples to compare the different principles underpinning these educational activities

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication


Identify, compare, contrast and present characteristics of different approaches to education in relation to important philosophical and educational concerns

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO3: Digital literacy


Engage in collegial conversation and give meaningful feedback to critically evaluate different approaches to education how the nature of knowledge is understood, what sort of people are students to become, and what sort of society is being promoted

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO7: Teamwork


Discuss and apply key theories of the sociology of education to analyse the relationship between education and society and how this informs your emerging personal philosophy of education

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO4: Critical thinking


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: Reflection on Education 400 words
or equivalent
10% Week 4
Assessment 2: Multimedia Presentation & Peer Feedback 1600 words or equivalent 40% Week 6
Assessment 3: Analytic Essay 2000 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: EDU101 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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