TEAC 1031 Sociology for Educators

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102629

Coordinator Tania Ferfolja Opens in new window

Description This subject includes the study of society, culture, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and social class. It explores sociological understandings of the impact of the social on individuals and how this influences education, knowledge, society and change. The subject addresses the diverse needs of children in complex contexts. It provides students with opportunities to reflect on universal assumptions often imposed on children, families and communities, through applying analytical tools and developing their professional identity as critical reflexive educators. This subject is included in the Foundation Phase of the Bachelor of Education.

School Education

Discipline Teacher Education: Primary

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject


Students must be enrolled in the 1876 Bachelor of Education (Primary) or 1717 Bachelor of Education (Primary) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Identify key sociological theories, range of theoretical approaches and tools for explaining the sociological dimensions of education and care;
  2. Analyse the role and impact of political, economic and social aspects of difference and how they have influenced sociological constructions of family, community and schooling;
  3. Explain key concepts and theoretical approaches for exploring culture, community, class, identity, subjectivity, diversity, religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, power and agency;
  4. Examine the social construction of contemporary childhood and its influence on the changing nature of being a child in families, the community and educational settings;
  5. Describe how social, historical and cultural practices have impacted on the educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children;
  6. Apply critical thinking skills to analyse contemporary teaching and learning based on sociological theories;
  7. Construct and evaluate arguments by reference to appropriate sources and theory;
  8. Analyse one�fs own personal, physical, learning and emotional needs to apply appropriate self-directed learning strategies.

Subject Content

- society and community, The political, economic and social aspects of difference and community through historical and contemporary sociological understandings
- concepts of subjectivity and identity as related to consciousness, agency, personhood, Reality and relationship to how individuals are shaped by being in The World
- understandings of culture, agency, power through theories of culture, diversity, postcolonial, Feminism and social Constructivism
- social class, levels of power and wealth
- foundational concepts in The Study of gender: identity, sexuality, family, religion, The body, cultural practices and gender norms in light of contemporary gender theories
- The social construction of childhood and The Importance of Examining contemporary and diverse childhoods and Understanding children?fs role in families, community and education
- sociological perspectives on race, ethnicity and shared cultures: practices, values, and beliefs of A group, cultural characteristics as objects of Collective discrimination
- impact of social and cultural practices on The educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students: their heritage and cultural practices


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation 30 minutes 20 N Group
Quiz 10 min per quiz 30 N Individual
Final Exam 2 hours 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)

Bankstown City


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