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EDC1200 Self, Education and Society

Semester 1, 2016 Online
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Educ
Student contribution band : National Priority - Teaching
ASCED code : 070100 - Teacher Education

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Examiner: Tonia Chalk


In order to best connect to the world views of their students and the communities within which they reside, educators need to be aware of the influence of socio-cultural processes on the formation of the Self. The development of such understanding and awareness requires the educator to analyze the ways in which they themselves have been positioned and identities assumed and ascribed within various social and cultural contexts. Understanding the function of various forms of public pedagogy and how these are accepted and resisted is crucial in this process. Such critical reflection on the nature of their own development as individuals and members of social groups lays the foundation for critical professional reflection while the content of the course provides a foundation for later work on difference and diversity, and the curriculum area of studies of society and environment and the media studies component of the expressive arts area.


In this course, students will come to understand the complex nature of identity formation in the contemporary era, primarily through an in-depth exploration of the socio-cultural influences on their own identity. Students will be required to use basic auto ethnographic techniques and approaches to explore ways in which they have been and continue to be positioned as raced, classed and gendered individuals and to then represent aspects of those aspects of their identity. This work will require the use of various forms of digital technologies, particularly visually-dominant technologies. NOTE: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to this offering. Should enrolments not reach the minimum number required for on-campus study, student may be transferred to the ONLINE offering and advised of this change before semester commences.


The course objectives define the student learning outcomes for a course. The assessment item(s) that may be used to assess student achievement of an objective are shown in parenthesis. On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. explain and discuss the socio-cultural nature of identity and its formation, particularly from the perspectives of race, class and gender (Auto Ethnography)
  2. demonstrate a facility with basic auto ethnographic research and an emerging critical reflective capacity (Auto Ethnography)
  3. demonstrate an understanding of socio-cultural influences on representations of aspects of education (Multi-media Presentation)
  4. demonstrate competence with basic digital photo-visual and presentation (PowerPoint, Keynote, iMovie, iPhoto, Moviemaker, etc.) applications and technologies (Auto Ethnography and Multi-media Presentation)
  5. demonstrate an emerging understanding of how difference, dominance and diversity are constructed and maintained in a social context (Auto Ethnology and Multi-media Presentation)
  6. demonstrate competence in and appropriate use of language and literacy, including spelling, grammar, punctuation and bibliographic referencing (All assessments).


Description Weighting(%)
1. The nature of identity in contemporary times 20.00
2. Class, race and gender as major axes of identification 30.00
3. Collective identities, particularly professional identities 10.00
4. Theorising difference, dominance and diversity 10.00
5. Studying the self: auto ethnography and critical reflection 10.00
6. Using digital technologies to explore and represent the self 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Austin, J (ed.) 2005, Culture and identity, 2nd edn, Pearson, Frenchs Forest, New South Wales.
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information //

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 80.00
Independent Study 80.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
AUTO ETHNOGRAPHY 50 50 18 Apr 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Online: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    On-campus: It is the students? responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide at //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.