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Practising Inclusion: Working and Teaching for Social Justice



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Inclusion, equity and diversity are words often cited in university strategic plans. Why do these concepts matter in higher education? How do we convert the principles of inclusion into practice? In this unique microcredential from UTS you’ll explore the theories and frameworks of equity, inclusion and social justice and learn to design practical solutions that bring these concepts to life in the higher education environment.

About this microcredential

Expand your inclusive practitioner toolkit by engaging deeply with the equity, social justice and social inclusion literature and exploring a range of useful activities and strategies.

This interactive microcredential will introduce you to the fundamentals of equity, human rights and social justice and their role in shaping the higher education space. You will reflect on student and staff experiences, your own values and practices, and explore practical solutions and strategies that you will be able to integrate into your professional and social practices.

During the course you will:

  • Explore the mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in higher education
  • Gain an understanding of the experiences of historically marginalised groups
  • Consider how culture, diversity and identity impact on learning and social interaction
  • Examine the principles for inclusion and adapt them to your own professional context in higher education
  • Learn how to create conditions for change that produce greater inclusion and wider participation
  • Identify opportunities to translate your theoretical learning into practice in your own work and life

By the end of the course, you’ll understand barriers to diversity and be ready to design practical solutions with inclusion at their core.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential has been designed to:

  • Immerse you in the latest theories, concepts and frameworks related to inclusive practices in higher education
  • Strengthen your ability to design practical solutions and strategies to maintain or create more inclusive environments
  • Equip you with the skills, resources and knowledge to be an effective, accountable and responsible ally for social change
  • Develop your ability to analyse complex issues and reflect critically and creatively as an inclusive practitioner.

This microcredential aligns with the 3 credit point subject, Practising Inclusion: Working and Teaching for Social Justice (010065) in the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning. This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.  

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Who should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is suitable for anyone with an interest in inclusive practice in higher education, including:

  • Academics
  • University professional staff
  • Professionals working in organisations related to higher education
  • PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.


Full price: $1,363 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Sponsored places for UTS staff

UTS is committed to supporting its staff to deliver quality teaching and learning experiences. The University provides sponsored places for UTS staff admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, as well as staff who wish to undertake this microcredential and potentially use its successful completion for credit on subsequent admission to the degree.

To apply for a sponsored place for UTS staff in this microcredential, please email Limited sponsored places are available.

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

Course purchase is subject to UTS Open Terms and Conditions. 

COVID-19 response 

UTS complies with latest Government health advice. Delivery of all courses complies with the UTS response to COVID-19.

Additional course information

Course outline

This microcredential is structured into six modules delivered over six weeks. The course includes self-study materials, interactive and practice based activities, and facilitated online sessions. Modules 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6 are core modules whereas modules 3 offers a range of elective topics that you select based on your learning goals and workplace needs.

Module 1 – Contextualising Inclusion and Exclusion

This introductory module begins with an exploration of the question; ‘why does inclusion matter in higher education’. Examine the concepts of equity, human rights, and social justice and how they relate to the higher education context.

Module 2 – Framing Issues and Concepts

Delve deeper into concepts such as cultures, diversity and identity. Examine the impact our social identities have on the ways we teach, work, and interact with others.

Module 3 – Situating Experience and Identities

Explore experiences of groups historically marginalised and excluded from higher education in Australia. You will begin with the topic; ‘First Nations Peoples of Australia and higher education’ and then choose from a variety of topics such as:

  • Cultural, Linguistic and Religious Diversity
  • Low Socio-Economic Status and First in Family students
  • Women in higher education
  • Accessibility awareness and living with impairment

Module 4 – Valuing and Practising Inclusion

Discover principles for greater and more sustainable inclusion that will guide changes in how you practise. In this module, you will delve deeper into topics that relate to your professional and social practices and adapt each of the principles introduced to make them relevant for your workplace.

Module 5 – Getting Ready for Change

Examine how to plan for change in your daily and professional life to create conditions for inclusion and social justice. Learn how to apply the knowledge, ideas and tools developed throughout the course to your professional and social practice.

Module 6 – Social Justice in Action

Engage in a practical workshop to discuss ideas and progress of Assessment Task 2. You will have an opportunity to seek feedback and comments as well as revisit topics of interest and reflect on learning outcomes.

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this microcredential, participants should be able to:

  • Reflect critically and creatively on the assumptions, consequences, and possibilities of being an inclusive practitioner
  • Apply foundational knowledge of Indigenous Australian cultures and histories to support inclusive teaching and learning in a range of settings
  • Identify opportunities to be an ally for social change
  • Apply critical analysis of complex issues related to discrimination, equity and social justice to the maintenance and improvement of inclusive practices in higher education.


Assessment task 1: Reflection (weight - 35%)

  • Create a reflective piece that represents how you position yourself in terms of diversity and inclusion within your work and social environment.

Assessment task 2: Report on an Inclusion Practice (weight - 65%)

  • Critically reflect on a procedure or practice in your workplace, including recommendations on how this practice could be changed for wider participation and social justice.

Learners must pass all assessment tasks in this microcredential to pass the microcredential overall.  



To complete this online microcredential, you will need access to a computer or device with adequate internet access and sufficient software and bandwidth to support web conferencing. You will also require an operating system with a web browser compatible with Canvas and Zoom.



Discounts are available for this course as follows: 

  • 10% discount for UTS staff, alumni and students
  • 10% discount for group enrolments of 4 to 9 from the same organisation
  • 15% discount for group enrolments of 10 or more from the same organisation

See below for how to obtain your voucher code.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (group enrolments)

Please contact the team at with details of group enrolments, to obtain your discount voucher code. Note that group enrolments will not be validated until the minimum number of criteria enrolments have been received.

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

Please contact the team at in order to secure your enrolment and 10% staff discount.

How to apply your discount voucher  

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni or student discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number during checkout. If you are an alumni and have forgotten your UTS student number, email with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
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  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the "Have a voucher code?" prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

UTS acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, the Boorooberongal people of the Dharug Nation, the Bidiagal people and the Gamaygal people, upon whose ancestral lands our university stands. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present, acknowledging them as the traditional custodians of knowledge for these lands.