EDUC5658 Globalising Education Policy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit equips students with the knowledge and skills to understand and critically engage with current and emerging education policy trends in Australia and globally. Students will learn to be critical consumers of education policy and research, identifying and analysing the impacts of current and emerging policy trends in areas including curriculum, school funding, assessment, teaching standards, equity and school governance. Students will develop particular expertise in policy areas of personal interest.
Students are able to (1) examine and debate the meanings, forms and purposes of 'policy' and its complex and contested nature in education; (2) examine the different ways that education policy is influenced by global flows of policy ideas, practices and actors; (3) recognise and analyse how education policies and processes are influenced by distinct national, subnational and local political systems and education contexts; (4) analyse the impacts of current and emerging education policy trends and debates in areas including curriculum, school funding, assessment, teaching standards, equity and school governance; and (5) select and apply appropriate conceptual tools and methods to research chosen areas of education policy, examining how the chosen areas are informed by global policy trends and debates.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) policy brief and (2) policy report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Glenn Savage
Contact hours
up to 4x6 hour sessions held on Saturdays

Selected readings are available in Course Materials Online.

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