EDUC1103 Education for a Global Knowledge Society

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
This unit familiarises students with leading ideas and debates about education in a global knowledge era, and also how individuals in different social circumstances are positioned differently in their learning journeys and why.
Students are able to (1) understand and discuss the complex and contested roles of education in society, and how these roles change in different times and places across the globe; (2) identify and analyse 'bigger picture' global trends in education, with a focus on goals to achieve quality and equity in educational outcomes, as well as barriers to attaining these goals; and (3) analyse contemporary global, national and local debates over leading ideas and ideologies in education, evaluate the different arguments and synthesise their own responses.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial presentation and a two-sided handout; (2) workshop participation, including an educational biography; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jelena Rakovic
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week for 13 weeks; tutorials/workshops: 2 hours per week for 13 weeks

Connell, R. Education, change and society, 3rd edn: OUP 2013

Essential readings are provided through CMO (Course Materials Online).

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.