TEDU111-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)

Education, Culture and Society

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


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.

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.


EDUC103, EDUC156

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator

David Small


Mahdis Azarmandi


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 14 Apr 2023 50%
Quizzes 10% Wednesday-Sunday - Weeks 6 & 10
Group Projects 26 May 2023 30%
Critical Reflection 02 Jun 2023 10%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $821.00

International fee $3,750.00

* 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 TEDU111 Occurrences

  • TEDU111-23S1 (D) Semester One 2023 (Distance)