Education Studies

Education Studies involves critical inquiry into the social, political, cultural, economic and personal theories and practices of lifelong education. Although its origins are in humanities and social science disciplines such as History, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology, Education Studies today has close affinities with contemporary interdisciplinary fields exploring issues of social policy, culture, gender, work and leisure. Since education is as much concerned with who we might become as who we already are, it is relevant to all our collective and personal decision-making on questions of justice, rights and freedom.

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Undergraduate papers

Education Studies is available as a major for the BA and BSocSc. Education Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

Postgraduate papers

Education Studies is also a subject for honours and masters degrees in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences (FASS).

Focus papers
PCSS503 Indigenous and Post-Colonial Perspectives in Education
PCSS506 Contemporary Perspectives in Social Sciences Education
PCSS507 International Development Education
PCSS508 Educational Policy
PCSS511 Curriculum Policy and Possibilities
PCSS513 Philosophy of Education
PCSS514 Foucault, Education and the Self
PCSS530 Issues in Adult and Tertiary Education
PCSS551 Special Topic: The Future of Education
PCSS587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education
PCSS588 Globalisation and Open Education
PCSS589 Global Processes: Critical Pedagogy and New Media Cultures


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Sciences
Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons)
Master of Arts
Master of Social Sciences