Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


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 key areas of schooling policy, including curriculum, school funding, assessment, teaching standards, equity and school governance. Students will develop particular expertise in policy areas of personal interest.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

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; (2) research essay; and (3) online quiz and reflection task. 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
9 x 2 hour face to face workshops

Selected readings are available in 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.
  • 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.