EEL120 Social Context of Vocational Education and Training (8)

This subject introduces students to the concepts of society and the individual, and their interrelationship. A sociological and historical approach is adopted that emphasises the development of the modern industrial and post-industrial state and its complex relationship with social collectives and individuals. Emphasis is placed on the role of social institutions in shaping individual and collective difference. The social and economic factors which influence the nature and role of adult and vocational education are also covered.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EEL120. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who have completed EEL445 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Subject Relationships

EEL445 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe a variety of sociological theories relevant to the practice of adult and vocational education in Australia;
  • be able to apply these theories to analyse both themselves and their teaching environments;
  • be able to describe the nature of individualism and difference and their construction by social institutions;
  • be able to describe the development of the modern industrial/post-industrial society and its impact on them as teachers;
  • be able to examine the principles of social justice and equity in education; and
  • be able to relate to the impact of culture and global issues on their professional practice as an adult and/or vocational educator.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Historical understanding/context of Adult and Vocational Education
  • Rise of Industrial Society
  • Sociology and the Sociological Imagination
  • Indigenous Australian Sociological perspective
  • The individual in society
  • Family and Relationships
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Gender
  • Class, Work and Power
  • Deviance and Difference
  • Education and Society
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Post Colonialism
  • Globalisation


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2019 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.