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EEP442 Cultural Politics of Education (8)


Education is a political activity which is grounded in specific cultural contexts. Teachers need to be cognisant of the complexity of education in general and schooling in particular, given that schools exert considerable influence upon the students and adults who work and learn within them. This subject foregrounds a number of cultural issues which influence teachers, teaching strategies and student learning. The study canvases a range of issues in education from gender, class, rurality and indigeneity, amongst others to more specific cultural and political issues relating to schools and schooling.

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Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Education

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • - have demonstrated a development in understanding a range of interdisciplinary academic literature for understanding, and increase this understanding through assessment tasks and participation in workshops
  • - have identified different ideological positions, political agendas and cultural practices and their role in shaping how education is practiced and experienced by teachers and students
  • - have engaged with theoretical concepts such as subjectivity, power, knowledge, and representation, and develop an understanding of how these concepts relate to educational identities and experiences
  • - have explored their own positionality as students, teachers, researchers and activists
  • - have imagined possibilities for a new future for Australian education
  • - have participated in a flexibly-delivered learning environment


The subject will cover the following topics:
MODULE 1: Cultural Politics of Education: National and International Contexts - Cultural Politics: Culture, Knowledge, Power & Identities - Educational Change: The Shift to the ?Right? - Policy and Politics: Education in the Era of Globalization - Commodification, Consumption & Choice MODULE 2: Cultural Politics in Schools and Classrooms - Subjectivities, Childhood and Schooling - Equity: Winners and losers in classrooms and playgrounds - Gender politics in and out of the classroom - Racial politics in a diverse society - Indigenous issues in Australian Education MODULE 3: Cultural Politics in Teacher Education - Reflexive Learning in Teacher Education - Teaching for Social Change


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.