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In this module a range of theories and research are introduced to provide insights to the web of social, cultural, economic and political factors that underpin learning in contemporary society. This module acknowledges the embedded and interdependent nature of learning in modern society and how this is being challenged and debated socially, politically, economically and culturally. The module also critically assesses the role of education in society at the individual level (learner, teacher, family member, etc), community (local, regional, global), institutional level (the schooling system) and the broader social, cultural, economic & political level. The module will pay particular reference to diversity, exclusion, differentiation, gender, community, and hegemonic issues.
A minimum of eighty per cent attendance is required and active participation is expected in this module.