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Unit Overview


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.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) discuss the complex and contested roles and purposes of education, and how these roles and purposes change in different social, historical and political contexts; (2) examine how societies are becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent, and how these factors are reshaping education issues, practices and policies in different contexts; (3) analyse 'big picture' global trends in education, including goals to achieve quality and equity in educational outcomes, as well as barriers to attaining these goals; and (4) analyse what the future of education might look like as it evolves over the coming decades.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quiz and reflection task; (2) essay; and (3) report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Glenn Savage
Unit rules
EDUC1102 Learning Effectively: Improving Your Learning and Teaching
or EDUC1104 A World of Mobile Learning
Contact hours
9 x 3 hour sessions

Essential readings are provided through Unit Readings (accessed in LMS

  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.