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This online unit is designed to deepen your understanding of contemporary Australian education. By exploring the socio-cultural history of education, you will learn how Australian society has influenced education, and how education has shaped society.
You will look at each historical era since the 1780s, focusing on the students and the material taught. You will examine the impact of social issues such as class, multiculturalism, citizenship, the welfare state, inclusion and identity. You will also learn about education markets, higher education and vocational education.
Upon completion, you will understand the social and historical context of education in Australia, particularly New South Wales. You will gain skills in critical thinking, research and analysis, and be able to use these abilities for the common good, as an informed citizen and practitioner.
Education: The Social and Historical Context is provided by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University.
Applicants who do not have prior university experience should complete one of the following units before enrolling in this unit:
In this history of education unit, the topics you will study include:
This unit is an elective in the following course:
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This unit is recommended for people interested in a career in education, whether teaching or administrative. It will give you a thorough understanding of education in past and modern-day Australia, and help you grasp the dynamic and mutually influential relationship between society and education. You will also gain valuable skills in critical thinking, research and analysis.
Want more information about the career benefits of this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).Find out more about government study loans here.
Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.