Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester (extended) 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Anne Harris


This unit develops an understanding of education policy and its various discourses in global, national, local and institutional contexts. Students explore the inter-relationships of policy discourses with educational practices in schools, the community, educational systems, professional associations, and globally coordinated projects. The unit explores international testing of literacy/numeracy, the international rights of children, and published policies of global entities (OECD, UNESCO), as well as Australia's national, state and local policies and practices, such as professional standards, curriculum, assessment, diversity, social inclusivity, ICT and Indigenous peoples.


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

  • examine a range of education policy issues and dilemmas for educators in contemporary local, national and global contexts
  • demonstrate an understanding of the pedagogical implications for educators within a range of education policies
  • articulate an understanding of the multi-faceted and complex nature of educational policy and discourses at global, national, local and institutional levels
  • apply their understanding of the inter-relationships between educational policy and practice in a range of educational settings
  • evaluate and critique their own practice as educators in relation to policy imperatives and professional obligations, including the particular needs of students in their care
  • reflect critically on themselves and their relationship to current educational policy debates.


Assessment task 1: School Investigation and Reflection (3200 words) 40% and
Assessment task 2: Research project (4800 words) 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Average of 24 hours per week including 3 contact hours