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.

print version

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedBerwick First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
City (Melbourne) Term 2 2015 (On-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rosalyn Black (Berwick); Ms Sharryn Clarke (City); Dr Iris Duhn (Peninsula)


This unit critically examines trends in education policy across local, regional, national and global levels. Students engage with concepts of neoliberalism and globalisation in education policy and investigate how policy influences early years education through a range of perspectives. Students develop an understanding of Australian policy relevant to early years education and research the implications of global and national policy for their work as professional educators in Australia.


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

  1. research local, national and global contemporary education policies relevant to the field of early years education
  2. critically analyse the effects of local, regional, national and global education policy in early years contexts
  3. develop a critical understanding of policy, and design early years policy documents at service level.


Essay: research and critically discuss examples of local, regional, national and global education policies relevant to early years education (2000 words, 50%)
Group task: develop and present to peers a policy draft relevant to an early years setting or school (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

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

  • 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study