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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 involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, and economic policies, theories and practices of education in New Zealand society. Its origins are in humanities and social science disciplines such as History, Philosophy, and Sociology, and it has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring social policy, culture, gender, and work. Education and Society raises questions about the role of education in addressing issues of social justice, power and inequality.

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

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.

Study in Tauranga

BSocSc students in Tauranga can major in Education and Society.

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 EDSOC101 and one of EDSOC100, EDSOC200, 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), EDUCA557 or HISTY516, 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:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research methodology paper, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis, or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC100Education: Past and Present20A (Hamilton)
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 Context20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
The paper addresses the educational policies, ideas and processes shaping the educational contexts within which New Zealanders learn and teach.
HISTY107New Zealand Histories: Fresh Perspectives20A (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.
PHILO150The Big Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
An introduction to philosophical problems in the areas of knowledge and mind, value theory, metaphysics and religion.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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 Society20A (Hamilton)
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 Education20B (Online) & 20B (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 Adults20A (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...
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
EDSOC300Maori Knowledge and Western Impacts in Education20A (Online)
This paper explores comparisons between key Western and Maori philosophies. It considers how Maori and Western philosophies respectively describe the self's relationship with thought and knowledge in the context of education.
EDSOC301History of New Zealand Education20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the recent history of New Zealand education, with particular emphasis on the Tomorrow's Schools and other educational reforms introduced in the 1980s and those that have followed.
EDSOC302Adults Learning for Life20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the character of adult learning including analysis of social issues in the field. It focusses on areas within lifelong learning where social inequalities are most prevalent.
EDSOC303Education and Sexuality20B (Online)
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 sexuality through historical and sociological perspectives.
EDUCA303Curriculum Perspectives20A (Online)
This paper examines curriculum conceptions, perspectives, and decision-making, through a range of historical, political and socio-cultural contexts and settings. Participants engage in critique of curriculum issues and shaping forces.
EDUWK300Community Engagement in Education20B (Block) & 20B (Block - Tauranga)
This paper provides opportunities for professional and personal development within varied work-related settings relevant to the fields of Education and Society, Digital Learning, and Human Development.
WKEMP300Education, Skill and Employment20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online), 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
The purpose of this paper is to focus on policy and practice in the field of paid work, education and training. This encapsulates tertiary education a field that includes: adult and community education; higher education; vocational education and training; human resource development; and workplace learning.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ADLNG500Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education20B (Block)
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.
EDSOC501Education Policy and Society20A (Hamilton)
A critical analysis of educational policies and practices, with particular references to New Zealand.
EDSOC511Curriculum Policy and Possibilities20B (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...
EDSOC513Educational Thought20A (Online)
This paper aims to interrogate philosophical ideas, values and beliefs by examining their relationship to key concepts in educational practice.
EDSOC533Engaging Families and Communities in Early Years Programmes: Collaborative and Cultural Inquiry Approaches20A (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...
EDUCA500Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Maori and critical theories20B (Block - Tauranga)
Culturally 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.
EDUCA557Research Methods20A (Hamilton), 20A (Tauranga), 20B (Online) & 20S (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.
EDUCA590Directed Study20I (Hamilton) & 20I (Online)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
EDUCA592Dissertation20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
EDUCA593Education Thesis20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
EDUCA594Education Thesis20X (Hamilton), 20X (Online) & 20X (Tauranga)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GLOBE503Indigenous Educational Achievement and Worldview20A (Online)
This paper provides graduates with the opportunity to study the intersection between indigenous philosophies and educational achievement. Students examine topics such as local school-based research, current education institutions, Treaty of Waitangi issues, and theories of education and learning as they involve indigenous people. A...
GLOBE507Global Citizenship and International Development Education20B (Block)
This paper aims to provide a critical history of international development and education by reference to modernisation, development theory, post-developmentalism and sustainability. It will focus on recent theories of economic development within the context of globalisation that highlight the role of education such as human capital...
GLOBE587Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education20A (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).
GLOBE589Global Processes, Education and New Media Cultures20B (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...
MAOED500Rangahau Kaupapa Maori - Kaupapa Maori Research20X (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.
MAOED523Maori Educational Policies: Their Development and Some Strategic Responses20X (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...

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