EEP505 Critical Studies in Education and Practice (8)

This subject focuses on and explores significant theory, concepts and developments in the study and practice of education. Students' study, discussion and research is situated around the aims and purposes of education, social justice, ethics, citizenship, and social sustainability. In today's world, teachers' work is increasingly complex. Teachers must therefore be cognisant of the complex web of social and cultural relations in educational settings given that schools exert considerable influence upon children, young people, their families and communities. This subject foregrounds cultural factors which influence educators, teaching practice and student learning. Factors specifically related to gender, sexuality, social class, ethnicity, power, policy, and globalisation will be considered. Students will be able to critically evaluate existing knowledge and scholarship, identify theoretical perspectives in current practice enabling continued professional engagement, reflection, and reflexivity as they develop as teaching professionals and individuals in a global world.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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

This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Mater of Teaching (Secondary) course.

This subject is not available to students who have completed EEP425.

Subject Relationships

EEP425 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to examine current literature with an informed, critical perspective;
  • be able to communicate abstract and complex theoretical ideas and arguments to a professional audience;
  • be able to discuss and evaluate current theory and research;
  • be able to recognise and interpret how structural influences impact equity, access, and social justice in education;
  • be able to explore their own positionality through reflection and reflexive practice as students and educators;
  • be able to apply ethical decision making and reasoning to discussions on current issues in education;
  • be able to discuss and evaluate the role of education in global and sustainable futures; and
  • be able to analyse and evaluate contemporary education policy and practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theories for educational practice
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Destabilising privilege
  • Ethnicity and social class
  • Reflective and reflexive practice
  • Philosophy of education
  • What is education for?
  • Ethics - ethical principles and decision making
  • Can we teach ethics? Values education
  • Ethics, citizenship and schooling: Pedagogies for critical, caring and collaborative thinking
  • Aims of purposes of education

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EEP505 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Critical reflection
Video presentation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.