EDUC206-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)

Education and Society: Ideals and Realities

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course considers the connections and tensions between ideals and realities in education and society. Drawing on work in the sociology of education, the philosophy of education, and educational policy studies, as well as on educational practices, the course addresses questions such as these: How should society be structured? What do we hope to achieve through education? Why do some students ‘fail’ and others ‘succeed’? What role can education play in social change? This course encourages participants to deepen their understanding of education, social life, and human fulfillment.

The course is structured in two parts. The first part will discuss questions of neoliberalism and education and the principles that guide our current understandings of education. We specifically focus on questions of equality and equity in education settings and use examples such as school management & surveillance, gender and education and intersectionality. The second part of the course will focus on educational practices by looking at the idea of the hidden curriculum, testing & assessment as well as memory & school (among others). While drawing on examples from different parts of the course is designed to address the local Aotearoa context and assess education, school & teaching from a place-based perspective.

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:

  • Be able to draw on sociological and philosophical work in addressing educational questions.
  • Be aware of some of the connections and tensions between ideals and realities in education and society.
  • Have the capacity to question commonly accepted views in education and to explore social alternatives.
    • 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.

      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.

      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.


30 points in EDUC or YACL, or
45 points of ANTH, CULT, HIST, POLS, SOCI, SPCO, or
permission of the Head of School



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 16:00 Recording Available
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Recording Available
15 Jul - 25 Aug
9 Sep - 20 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Helena Cook


Kari Moana Te Rongopatahi and Maryam Sharifkhani


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 80% (in 2 parts) Part 1: two reading summaries Part 2: essay
Relection 20%

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 EDUC206 Occurrences

  • EDUC206-24S2 (C) Semester Two 2024
  • EDUC206-24S2 (D) Semester Two 2024 (Distance)