EDUC 1001 - Schools and Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

This course will help students develop an understanding of the role of teaching and of schooling in society. Students will discover the broader context of schooling in Australia and its impact on culture, socioeconomic and gender equality, education, work and wellbeing. Students will understand the legal and professional framework for teaching and grasp how impactful and important teachers really are. Students will critically evaluate schools and consider their role as emerging teachers in the profession. All Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) and Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary) students commencing from 2019 will participate in the School of Education's eLearning Program, that requires students to own an iPad with pencil and keyboard. The University of Adelaide will assist students with procurement upon enrolment.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code EDUC 1001
    Course Schools and Society
    Coordinating Unit School of Education
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Weekly: 50 minute lecture - 90 minute tutorial - 40 minute structured online learning.
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Weekly Tutorial Participation 10%, School Culture Proposal 20%, Individual Branched Scenario Reflection 35%, SGDE Collaborative Video Analysis 35%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Walter Barbieri

    School of Education
    Faculty of Arts
    The University of Adelaide
    Room 8.16, Nexus 10 Tower
    Adelaide, 5005
    Phone: +61 (0)8 8313 4164

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    One lecture (50 minutes), one tutorial (90 minutes) and a range of online activities (40 minutes) per week. 

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to: APST (Graduate)
    1 Identify and critically analyse key aspects of the social, political, economic and legal policy contexts of education. 1.3, 1.4, 3.7, 6.1, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
    2 Compare and contrast the influence on educational participation and outcomes of social class, gender, ethnicity, rurality, local, global, economic and political structures. 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 3.6, 6.2, 7.3, 7.4
    3 Utilise the research on learning and teaching contexts in: understanding students and teaching students; creating and maintaining safe and challenging learning environments; using a range of teaching strategies and resources; reflecting on, evaluating and improving professional knowledge; being active members of the teaching profession. 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
    4 Develop team work, high-order critical analysis and problem solving skills, advanced written, multimedia and oral communication. 3.7, 6.2, 6.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3, 4
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3, 4
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    iPad (6th-gen, 7th-gen or any Pro) with pencil and keyboard.
    Education students need to own a personalised iPad. This can be procured through the subsidised purchase portal as part of the School of Education eLearning Program. Students can use existing iPads if they meet minimum requirements stated above.
    Elective students can use existing iPad devices or borrow an iPad from the University library.
    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Texts
    A. Welch, et al., Education, Change and Society, 4th edition, Melbourne, Oxford University Press, 2017.

    Digital version recommended: to be read inside the Bookshelf app on your iPad. It is around half the price of the hardcopy textbook.
    Find the digital textbook here:,-change-and-society-ebook
    Online Learning
    Course information, cover sheets, grading templates and all other course materials plus associated lecture resources are all on MyUni/Canvas. Live lectures will also be uploaded to MyUni soon after they are delivered. Much information is shared via MyUni and your uiversity email address. It is required that you check your MyUni course and uiversity eails at least once per day.

    There is a Discussion Board on MyUni where you can seek information and share responses with class mates but please follow proper protocols and show respect and consideration for others in your use of this.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course has the following components each of which students need to successfully complete.

    1. Lectures

    2. Tutorials

    3. Online component and assessment 


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    One lecture, one tutorial and a range of online activities per week. You will be placed in your tutorial group by the School of Education Professional Staff. You may not move your tutorial time nor group without their permission of the School of Education Professional Staff.

    Learning Activities Summary
     1 The Profession of Teaching 7.1
     2 The Structure and Culture of Schools 7.1; 7.2
     3 Schooling, the Economy and Work 1.3, 3.1
     4 Schools and Technology 2.6, 4.5
     5 School Choice 1.3, 2.4
     6 Schools and Wellbeing 4.4, 7.1
     7 Teachers and the Law 1.6; 4.5; 7.1; 7.2
     8 Preparing for Placement 6.3, 7.1, 7.2
     9 Gender and Schooling 1.1, 1.2
    10 Diversity and Schooling 1.3; 2.4
    11 Teacher Quality 3.1, 6.2, 6.3
    12 Course Review 7.4

    The Profession of Teaching

    Establishing eLearning requirements instrumental for course completion.
    Discussion of the demographic of teachers and of the impact of the teaching profession.
    Exploration of the policy settings that impact the conditions of the profession.

    2 The Structure and Culture of Schools

    Exploration of the origins of many aspects of contemporary school cultures. Discussion of the visual, verbal and procedural factors that influence school cultures, and critique of students’ own school culture and its symbols.

    3 Schooling, the Economy and Work

    Discussion of the demands of future work and how these relate to curriculum and to learning activities. Re-design of learning activities to prioritise the needs of the future of work.

    4 Schools and Technology

    An investigation of the changes in the use of technologies in schools, focusing on developments in the past 20 years, to include an evaluation of the effectiveness of various implementations of personalised technologies. Exploration of the digital capabilities that will are required of teachers today and that will be required of teachers in the future.

    5 School Choice

    Discussion of the impact of school choice on societal inequality. Application of school choice decisions to situations as applied to all schooling sectors.

    6 School and Wellbeing

    Exploration of the concept of positive psychology as applied to education. Application of the concepts to realistic situations. Devising strategies for achieving wellbeing in schools.

    7 Teachers and the Law

    Discussion of a range of legal concepts applicable to teaching, including: duty of care, reasonable care, risk assessment and mitigation, cybersafety, mandatory notification. Application of these concepts to test cases. Application of the Disability Discrimination Act to
    class and school situations.
    8 Preparing for Placement

    Establish objectives and procedures for school placement. Draft introduction letter to Mentor Teachers. Practice lesson observation note-taking.

    9 Gender and Schooling

    Discussion of gender segregation in schools, of gendered attitudes to learning and of neurosexism. Exploration of ways in which the curriculum and gender considerations intersect.

    10 Diversity and Schooling

    Discussion of the intersection of family status, socioeconomic status and geographic status with education. Exploration of schooling for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students.

    11 Teacher Quality

    Discussion of the research into characteristics of effective and ineffective teaching. Exploration of relationship between teacher experience and teacher expertise. Exploration of AITSL standards and their implications on the profession.

    12 Course Review

    Review of the roles of schools in society and preparation for students’ entrance into schools during the semester 2 placement.

    Specific Course Requirements
    General requirements

    Lectures Attendance

    Attendance at lectures is strongly recommended. Rresearch-based evidence shows that it significantly improves grades (Woodfield, et al., 1-22, in Studies in Higher Education, 31, 1, 2006 and Rodgers and Rodgers, 27-41, in Education Research and Perspectives, 30, 1, 2003).

    Help students keep on track with course events

    Are presente din engaging, often interactive ways

    Outline the essential content of the course

    Provide a starting point for private study

    Give explanations of difficult points

    Give clear examples relevant to the content

    Stimulate student thinking and provide guidelines for thoughts assisting to develop a critical interest in the subject (RMIT Counselling Service, 1969)


    Attendance and pro-active participation is compulsory and is marked as an assessment. If you cannot attend then please provide evidence of sickness or other valid reason for absence, otherwise non-attendance will be counted as absence for assessment purposes.

    Special Consideration

    Students who wish to seek special consideration because of illness or special circumstances should apply to the lecturer in charge with relevant documentary evidence. This is usually a doctor’s certificate. For both special consideration and extensions you need to complete the Application Form – Assessment Task Extension or Replacement Examination due to Medical and Compassionate Circumstances and/or Application Form – Extenuating Circumstances Application Form. These along with relevant information and instructions can be obtained frmo the Faculty of Arts office.

    Extensions and deadlines

    If due to illness or other valid reasons, a student is unable to meet a deadline, please contact the lecturer before the deadline in order to seek an extension (which may or may not be granted).

    Any assignment handed in late, without authorised extension, will be penalised at a rate of 10% of the assigned mark per 24-hour period late, to a maximum of 7 periods, as per university regulations.

    Assignments handed in more than seven periods late, without authorised extension, will not be marked and an automatic fail grade for that piece of assessment will be recorded.


    Plagiarism is “the reproducing of someone else's intellectual work and representing it as one's own without proper acknowledgment”. Examples of plagiarism include: direct copying or paraphrasing of someone else’s words without acknowledging the source; using facts, information and ideas directly derived from an unacknowledged source; and producing assignments which are the work of other people.

    Students have a responsibility to:

    · Access and use available information provided by the University to avoid plagiarism;

    · Declare sources in their work submitted for assessment, from which they obtain material or ideas:

    · Retain drafts, notes and copies of all assignments submitted for assessment;

    · Ensure that you do not make your work available to other students in any form for the purposes of plagiarism;

    · Discuss any questions you may have about plagiarism with your kindly and supportive lecturer.

    Specific Requirements

    Students should write their assignments independently. Students are expected to produce their own work. This might involve students choosing, analyzing, summarizing and interpreting the (often competing) ideas of others, and developing argument and drawing conclusions. Students can: discuss assignments with other students and their tutors; communicate with one another in constructive ways about the learning process; and assist each other, e.g. by discussing the approaches that might be taken to assignment topics, or helping with the availability of reading materials.

    Students must acknowledge an original author/creator for the ideas and concepts used in their work by providing a reference or citation. A reference is the written detail of the original source for ideas, which may be referenced within, and at the end of the assignment in the form of a reference list.

    You may use quotations: exact words of an original author in written work. The quotation (exact words) should be placed in quotation marks and be accompanied by a reference. If paraphrasing (rewrite completely another author's words or ideas with the intention of presenting the author's ideas), it is vital that the passage is fully rewritten, including the sentence structure. Any short phrases or key words that are used should be handled as quotes. The source must always be referenced

    Small Group Discovery Experience

    Educational and school policy in real classrooms.
    In groups drawn from your tutorial class, observe and analyse the implementation of various policies in real classrooms as presented in selected documentaries that are provided to you. Full details of this assessment are provided in MyUni, here in the Course Outline (under assessments) and in person during tutorials.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome APST (Graduate)
    Weekly Tutorial Participation Formative


    10% 4 1.3, 1.4, 1.6, 2.4,  6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 7.1, 7.3
    School Culture & Structure Proposal Summative Week 4 20% 1, 2, 3 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4,  6.1, 6.2, 6.3
    Branched Scenario Reflection Summative  Week 8 35% 1, 2, 3 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3
    Group Work: Collaborative Video Analysis

    Summative Week 12 35% 1, 4 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 2.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
    The overall mark required to pass is 50%.

    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    The tutorial attendance and participation assessment has been abolished. This also applied to Remote Learning Pathway students.

    A new assessment has been introduced, named eLearning Theory Response (15%), due 17 April 2020. This also applied to Remote Learning Pathway students.

    The Branched Scenario Assignment will go ahead, but with some minor technical modifications. This also applied to Remote Learning Pathway students.

    The group Documentary Analysis Assignment is still active and students can continue to engage with their sub-group, to watch the documentary films and make progress towards their analytical video. This task will be different for Remote Learning Pathway students, who will conduct it individually rather than in groups. Weighting for the Documentary Analysis Assignment is now 30% (previously 35%).
    Assessment Related Requirements

    See the Weekly Tutorial Readings and Exercises in MyUni. Prepare for the tutorial prior to the tutorial itself.

    Each week there are tutorials in which we will discuss the topic and the literature listed for that week, watch a video or some other activity associated with the topic. All students are required to read listed materials for these sessions and take part in the discussion. It is not meant to be another lecture. The success of the tutorials depends on everyone reading some relevant material and bringing notes on their reading. This will assist in group discussions. 

    Participation at tutorials is assessed based on a student’s apparent preparation for tutorials and the reading of the relevant chapters in the two key texts (and the preparation of a summary), willingness to contribute to discussion, the usefulness of the contribution, the assistance given to others in the group, the quality of the ideas, etc. Passive attendance does not fulfil course requirements.

    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Description Due
    Weekly Tutorial Participation
    (Formative; 10%)
    Attend and participate in tutorials.


    Schools Culture & Structure Proposal
    (Summative; 20%)

    Analyse two cultural and/or structural aspects of your own school and critically evaluate their significance. Propose changes to such cultures and/or structures and justify such changes.
    Week 4
    Branched Scenario Reflection
    (Summative; 35%)
    Individually explore branched scenarios on the principles explored thus far as applied in realistic school contexts. Screen-shot the relevant slides based on your responses and reflect on your journey through the branchedscenarios Week 8
    Grup Work: Collaborative Video Analysis
    (Summative; 35%)
    Produce a video to explore the series that your group is following to analyse the connections between the series and both the topics and the reading of the course. Complete the assignment with a reflection on the learning process. Week 12
    All Assignments are to be submitted electronically within MyUni as instructed. Marks and feedback will also be delivered electronically through MyUni. Please keep checking MyUni for important announcements about assessment information and more.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    As a result of student feedback and new teaching initiatives at the University of Adelaide the following changes have been made:
    1. The refinement of the Video Analysis to include a collaborative assessment
    2. Tutorial readings and activities have been revised to make better use of the new textbook, and to make its purchase not compulsory
    4. Assessment activities have increased in variety
    5. Technology is integrated meaningfully in all aspects of the course
    6. Longer word-length / time for assignments in order to allow students to convey their learning in greater depth.
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