EDUC103-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Education, Culture and Society

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 provides an introduction to foundational theories, concepts and processes in the study of education. The course explores theories about power, justice and fairness in society, with a particular focus on how they relate to education. It also examines what part factors such as class, genders and sexualities, disability, and race may play in maintaining unequal forms of education. An important feature of the course will be analysing the role played by education in the development of colonial relations between Maori and Pakeha, and how that continues to shape contemporary New Zealand society.

Planning to major or minor in Education? Please keep in mind that EDUC103 is a required course for both qualifications.  

·         For those majoring in Education you need EDUC103, 45 points at the 200-level, and 60 points at the 300-level.  

·         For those minoring in Education, you need EDUC103 and at least 45 points at 200-level or above.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the wider social, cultural and political contexts in which the education system operates.
2. Use theories to articulate their analysis of the relationships between educational achievement and social standing.
3. Describe what part social factors such as class, genders and sexualities, disability, and race may play in maintaining unequal forms of education.
4. Apply their understanding of aspects of New Zealand history, notably the Treaty of Waitangi, to modern educational and social challenges.
5. Locate themselves within contemporary social and educational discussions, including in relation to biculturalism in the New Zealand context.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Biculturally competent and confident

Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.

Engaged with the community

Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


EDUC120 and TEDU111

Equivalent Courses

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 14:00 A5 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Meremere 108 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Rata 222 & 223 Drawing Office
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

David Small


Mahdis Azarmandi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 12 Apr 2024 50%
Quizzes 10% Weeks 6 & 10 (Wednesday - Sunday)
Group Project 24 May 2024 30%
Critical Reflection 31 May 2024 10%

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 Educational Studies and Leadership .

All EDUC103 Occurrences

  • EDUC103-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • EDUC103-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)