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 Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
OnlineWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineWagga 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

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

Enrolment restrictions

Students who have previously completed EEC100 or EEL220 or EEL404 or EEL445 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Incompatible subject(s)
EEC100 EEL220 EEL404 EEL445

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand a variety of sociological theories relevant to the practice of adult and vocational education in Australia;
  • apply these theories to analyse both themselves and their teaching environments;
  • understand the development of the modern industrial/post-industrial society and its impact on them as teachers;
  • understand the nature of individualism and difference and their construction by social institutions;
  • describe and explain the development of Adult and Vocational Education sector with particular focus on the VET Capability Framework;
  • understand the role of Adult and Vocational Education organisations and practitioners developing, implementing and interpreting relevant policy in the context of economic and social development;
  • understand the principles of social justice and equity in education; and
  • understand the VET Capability Framework in terms of the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes that effective practitioners apply in their professional roles.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Writing for the Social Sciences
  • Adult and Vocational Education Policy
  • Historical understanding/context of Adult and Vocational Education
  • Rise of Industrial Society
  • Sociology and the Sociological Imagination
  • The individual in society
  • Family
  • Class
  • Globalisation
  • Education and Society
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Ethnicity and Immigration
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • VET Capability Framework


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 23 February 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.