Faculty of Education

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Ann Ryan (Gippsland); Dr Clare Hall (Peninsula)


In this unit students examine how educational systems in varied places and local-global contexts respond to issues such as social justice, equity and diversity. Students explore 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 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
  4. critique policy with respect to children's learning and development.


Oral or written report (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)
Research presentation: oral or written (2000 words or equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 24 contact hours per semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week including readings, completion of set tasks and self-directed learning

See also Unit timetable information

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