EDMA201-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Mathematics, Society and Culture

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course examines the ways in which mathematical sciences shape and are shaped by the societies in which they are learned and produced. The course draws on approaches from social sciences such as sociology and gender studies to examine topics including: Mathematical sciences as gatekeepers: how learning and credentials in mathematical sciences open and close doors, and for whom? Perceptions and stereotypes: what do mathematics and mathematical ‘ability’ come to mean in different social contexts? What are the relationships between mathematical sciences and identities such as gender, ethnicity, and social class? How do some people and professions, but not others, come to be perceived as ‘mathematical’? Mathematical sciences knowledge and colonisation: how have some bodies of knowledge, and not others, come to be seen as legitimately 'mathematical' or 'scientific'?

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Explain how mathematical sciences knowledge influences work and life pathways in historical, contemporary, global and local contexts
2. Evaluate cultural narratives about types of people best suited to mathematical sciences learning, including narratives about gender, race and social class
3. Compare criteria for identifying valid or trustworthy mathematical sciences knowledge in diverse cultures and sub-cultures


30 points from 100-level courses selected from: COSC, DATA, MATH (excluding MATH110), and STAT

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 260
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00 Ernest Rutherford 225
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Face to face, real-time discussions and collaborative analysis of resources are key ways of learning in EDMA201. Attending all classes will give you the best chance of enjoying and succeeding in this course.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

David Pomeroy


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Culture and mathematical sciences knowledge 10 May 2024 25% Presentation
Reading summaries 31 May 2024 25% Five summaries, due throughout the course.
Equity in the mathematical sciences 50% Essay Semester 1 Examination period 2024 (date TBC)

Textbooks / Resources

All readings and resources will be provided online via AKO | LEARN. Students do not need to purchase any texts.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Teacher Education .

All EDMA201 Occurrences

  • EDMA201-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024