Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Marc Pruyn (Peninsula); Dr Ann Ryan (Gippsland)


Students will examine how educational systems in varied places and local-global contexts respond to issues such as social justice, equity and diversity. Students will understand approaches to education that address the broad cultural, ethical and intellectual dilemmas emerging in diverse geographic educational contexts, and how these determine policy formation. Students will research case examples of policy and practice to develop a critical understanding of the relationships between geo-political issues and practical outcomes for students, teachers and communities.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. identify a range of significant global issues affecting educational policy and practice;
  2. explore case examples of educational policy and practice;
  3. understand the local and global nature of educational policy; and
  4. critique policy with respect to children's learning and development.


Assessment Task 1: Oral or written report (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Assessment Task 2: Research presentation: oral or written (2,000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Marc Pruyn (Peninsula)

Contact hours

3 contact hours per week, 9 hours private study including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning.