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Education and Society

Education and Society involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education.

Please note: Education and Society was previously known as Education Studies.

Education and Society today has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring issues of social policy, culture, gender, work and leisure. Since education is as much concerned with who we might become as who we already are, it is relevant to all our collective and personal decision-making on questions of justice, rights and freedom.

Education and Society is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Education and Society may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

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Key information


100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC100Education: Past and Present18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
EDSOC101The New Zealand Educational Context18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18A (Tauranga) & 18B (Hamilton)
The paper addresses the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping the educational contexts within which New Zealanders learn and teach.
EDUCA110Learning and Teaching 118A (Hamilton)
In this paper, students will examine personal experiences that shape views of learning and teaching, theories of learning, and a range of innovative teaching practices to engage diverse learners.
HISTY107New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives18A (Hamilton)
This introductory paper provides students with an overview of New Zealand's history, from first settlement to the present. The paper showcases exciting new developments in local and international historical scholarship and engages with contemporary issues.
HMDEV100Lifespan Development18A (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
HMDEV100 focuses on understanding and enhancing human development through an exploration of biological, psychological, social and cultural factors that influence patterns of development and learning over the lifespan.
MAOED100Huarahi Matauranga Maori: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Maori Education18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This paper examines historical and contemporary approaches in Maori education provision in Aotearoa New Zealand. It explores policies, practices and developments that have impacted on the educational development of Maori.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC200Education and New Zealand Society18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper critically examines educational ideas and practices by considering philosophical, historical, political, socio-cultural and economic aspects. It examines how the interrelationships between education and society change over time.
EDSOC201The Purpose of Education18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper is an introduction to the philosophy of education. It engages with a number of principles, including phenomenology, Romanticism, indigenous metaphysics, Western metaphysics, and poststructuralism.
EDSOC202Planning Learning Opportunities for Adults18A (Hamilton)
This paper investigates fundamental concepts of adult learning and then studies some adult learning theorists whose work is relevant to programme development. Major bottom-up and top-down approaches are taken to understand the dynamics of programme development. Students develop and apply their own approach to development, implement...
HMDEV200Child Development18B (Hamilton)
This paper critically explores a diverse range of theories and perspectives that relate to both historical and current discourses to understanding child development.
HMDEV201Adolescent Development18T (Tauranga)
The course promotes a critical study of the construction of theories specific to the developmental stage of adolescence. It introduces theories of adolescence that have been promoted by a range of theorists over time, and considers how these may be socially and culturally constructed. Current discourses about adolescence - and how ...
HMDEV202Adult Development and Ageing18A (Online)
This paper draws on theories from developmental psychology, sociology, demography, philosophy and biology to examine learning and change processes through adulthood, and discusses implications for personal and social development.
HMDEV240Group Work for Life Transitions18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces and applies the use of group work skills in various (un)expected life transitions. This paper uses theory from human development, life transitions and group work.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
HDCO301Children's Development in Families18A (Online)
This paper examines the development of children within family and community contexts. Contemporary issues will be investigated with an emphasis on theory and research and their impact on policy and practice.
LBST331Education, Skill and Employment18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper provides an examination of current policies, issues and institutions in workers' education and training. Assignments are designed to help students acquire practical skills for employment in industry training, areas relevant to labour studies or in related policy development and analysis.
PCSS302Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. The aim of the paper is to consider how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self in relation to knowledge, and then to delve into issues around the uptake and transmission of knowledge.
PCSS303Curriculum Perspectives18A (Online)
This paper examines curriculum conceptions that have shaped educational contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand. Participants are introduced to a range of curriculum perspectives, and the ideas of influential theorists. Curriculum thinking is explored through selected historical, political, and sociocultural contexts and settings. The pap...
PCSS304History of New Zealand Education18B (Hamilton)
A study of education policy and its lived effects within the distinctive contexts of New Zealand's schools and other educational settings.
PCSS307Education and Sexuality18B (Hamilton)
A study of the ways childhood and adult sexuality is constructed, monitored and regulated in society and in educational settings. The major emphasis is on exploring the links between education and sexuality through historical and sociological perspectives.
PCSS330Adults Learning for Life18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the character of adult learning from varied perspectives including an analysis of specific social issues in the field. It focuses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
TWED390Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
No description available.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(EdSoc) and GradDip(EdSoc)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Education and Society at an advanced level in their first degree.

The Graduate Diploma in Education and Society consists of 120 points at 100 level or above, including at least 80 points at 300 level or above. Each programme must include EDSOC101and one of EDSOC200, EDSOC100, EDSOC201 and at least 60 points from 300 level Education and Society papers, including at least 40 points from PCSS coded papers.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Education Academic Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(EdSoc), PGDip(EdSoc), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA, MEd and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Education and Society papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Education and Society papers or all their undergraduate Education and Society papers.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Education and Society, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally PCSS591), DSOE557 or HIST502, or both SSRP503 and SSRP504.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MEd, MA or MSocSc in Education and Society, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Education and Society (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across all 300 level papers.

b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Education and Society (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Education and Society vary according to admission criteria.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
DSOE557Research Methods18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Online) & 18S (Block)
This paper introduces students to the major educational research paradigms, methodologies appropriate to collecting data in schools (including interviews, observations, surveys, case studies), action research, literature reviews, critiquing research, and report writing. It includes consideration of ethical issues in research.
DSOE590Directed Study18D (Hamilton) & 18D (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories18B (Block - Tauranga)
Cullturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Maori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched community can define the terms for engaging, relating and co-creating new knowledge.
LBST541Labour, Education and Training 1: Issues and Policies18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores issues related to the restructuring of tertiary education in New Zealand. Students will gain a thorough understanding of current issues in adult education and training and become familiar with a wide range of contemporary policy documents.
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research18C (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to explore Kaupapa Maori research theory and methodologies, developing more informed and culturally located and responsive research practice, with a particular focus on researching in Maori educational contexts.
PCSS503Indigenous and Post-Colonial Global Perspectives in Education18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides graduates with the opportunity to pursue further in-depth study of contemporary issues relating to bicultural education and cultural theory. Students can not only examine topics such as local school-based research, current education institutions, Treaty of Waitangi issues, and theories of education and learning ...
PCSS507Global Citizenship and International Development EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
PCSS508Education Policy and Society18A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
PCSS511Curriculum Policy and Possibilities18B (Online)
This paper provides a critical theory and practice underpinning for participants interested in curriculum policy, implementation and leadership. Participants engage with educational thought and discourses that shape curriculum policy and possibilities. Contemporary conceptions of citizenship education, and cross-curricular approach...
PCSS513Educational Thought18A (Online) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper aims to interrogate philosophical ideas, values and beliefs by examining their relationship to key concepts in educational practice.
PCSS530Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education18B (Hamilton)
This paper will investigate issues in current theory, policy and practices in adult and tertiary education locally and internationally. In the course of this enquiry, students will be expected to critique multiple perspectives, develop a coherent philosophical base and a research design to address a specific issue.
PCSS551Special TopicThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
PCSS587Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education18A (Online)
Globalisation challenges many assumptions about identities and cultures that impact on education. Focusing on narrative research methods, the course critically examines power relations and subjectivity as it considers multiple narratives of identity (eg. personal, gender, ethnic, national immigration).
PCSS589Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures18B (Online)
Using recent critical work and research on new media, this course uses both online and face-to-face pedagogies so students critically examine the new media that have rapidly impacted on the lives of youth throughout the world. Students will develop a sound theoretical understanding of the media, its critical relationship to educati...
PROF523Maori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses18A (Block - Tauranga) & 18C (Block - Tauranga)
This paper examines the historical and contemporary politics and practices that have contributed to the current education disparities that affect Maori people in particular, but also the wider fabric of New Zealand society. The paper then considers historical and contemporary policies developed to address these disparities and a nu...
PROF533Engaging Families and Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative and Cultural Inquiry Approaches18A (Online)
The paper offers theoretical understandings of working in early years settings that aim to integrate educational opportunities and holistic support for children and families. It offers opportunity to undertake a small research project using a collaborative and cultural inquiry approach to find out about the funds of knowledge resid...
PROF551Special Topic18S (Block - Tauranga)
A special topic allows for a paper to be offered on a temporary basis in the area of Education and Society. The paper may be offered be an existing staff-member or academic visitor.
SOCP506Social Policy: Comparative Approaches18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a theoretical grounding and applied dimension to comparative perspectives in social policy and welfare. Students develop a critical awareness of diversity in policy.
SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.
SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...
TWED590Directed Study18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The Directed Study provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do a small piece of independent research under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TWED592Dissertation18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The two paper (60 point) Dissertation provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TWED593Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The three paper (90 point) Thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.
TWED594Thesis18C (Hamilton), 18C (Online) & 18C (Tauranga)
The four paper (120 point) thesis provides the postgraduate student with the opportunity to do an independent research project under supervision, contributing to the student's development as an independent scholar.

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