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Unit Overview


This unit includes the study of educational systems, practices, and policies across various countries and cultures. It begins with an exploration of the foundational concepts of international and comparative education, followed by a deep dive into units of comparison and various approaches to studying the subject. As the weeks progress, students delve into the impact of globalisation on education, with specific emphasis on the influence of PISA on national education systems. This unit also addresses the dynamics of national and global competition in the higher education system. Later sessions focus on the rise of the non-governmental sector as a global network, highlighting the emergence and policy alignment of initiatives like Teach For Australia and Teach For Taiwan. The course culminates in an independent research session, allowing students to engage in in-depth research projects.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) critically reflect on various educational perspectives, systems, practices and policies across different countries and cultures.; (2) identify and analyse the impact of global influences on national education systems.; and (3) compare contemporary issues in educational systems globally by utilising various approaches in international and comparative education to formulate informed comparisons..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) essay; and (3) critical reflection. 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)
Dr Leo Ren-Hao Xu
Contact hours
lectures/seminars: 2.5 hours per week (for 10 weeks)
  • 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.