EDU301 - Culture, Diversity and Participation in Education

Unit details


2024 unit information

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


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, 1 x 2-hour seminar across 11 weeks

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

1 x 2-hour online seminar over 11 weeks 


This unit explores how, in work, play and our everyday lives, we teach each other about inclusivity, about who belongs. In an Australia already inhabited, before British colonisation, by diverse Indigenous language groups, we are of different races, genders, sexualities, abilities, ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. We may align ourselves with different religions and politics. Online we encounter and identify with further diversity. We all learn in many different ways, and through multiple pedagogical interactions. Using the arts and popular culture, as well as critical theory, research and policy, the unit thinks about how these diversities might affect participation in both formal and informal educational spaces. The unit proposes that design principles for learning (linked to students’ interests) can respect and welcome in diversity, enable empathy and create belonging. Above all, the unit aims to increase students’ capacity to make a social justice impact through developing engaging and inclusive resources in their planned professional practice. Whether students are aspiring to work in, for example, advertising, media, creative arts, museums and galleries, administration or education, or any other field, this unit will support the development of cultural insights. It will also provide the skills to think critically, creatively and in interdisciplinary ways, about audience needs and the politics of who we include and exclude.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Synthesise and apply knowledge of inclusive teaching and learning principles with a critical perspective on culture, diversity and educational participation to design a resource that will meet the needs of an authentic educational program

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

GLO2: Communication

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO8: Global citizenship


Draw on feedback to reflect on the usefulness of the resource in addressing the needs of a culturally diverse community and recommend improvements in the design

GLO4: Critical thinking

GLO5: Problem solving

GLO6: Self-management

GLO8: Global citizenship


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

Assessment 1: 
Part 1: Resource Outline
Part 2: Resource

2600 words
or equivalent 

(Part 1: 600 words
or equivalent

Part 2: 2000 words
or equivalent)

60% total

(Part 1: 10%

Part 2: 50%)

Part 1: Week 4

Part 2: Week 8

Assessment 2: Reflective essay 1400 words 40% 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: EDU301 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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