Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - 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
OfferedNot offered in 2015


In this unit, students reflect on and analyse the features and complexities of an internationalised, contemporary and changing context for education and sustainability. Students engage with key perspectives on the global arena and with theories and ideas which show how globalisation makes a difference to education and achieving sustainable development. Such perspectives are important to engage with in order to develop individuals and communities capable of responding at local and global levels to rapidly changing social, economic, cultural and ecological conditions. The effects of international viewpoints and deliberations on education for sustainability are considered for their impact on local contexts and educational initiatives. Students identify the interconnections between their everyday contexts and national and international movements, as peoples, cultures and economies are brought closer together.


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

  1. identify, clarify and contribute to the main debates associated with the phenomenon of globalisation
  2. apply and critique major theories on the relationship between globalisation and its differential impact on education
  3. identify the factors leading to the convergence or divergence of education initiatives in different national contexts and evaluate their impact on education for sustainability
  4. communicate the points of interconnection and impact of a local or national intiative which is associated with globalisation or the acts to mediate an adverse effect of globalisation.


Critical review (2000 words equivalent, 50%)
Poster (2000 words equivalent, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per term comprising:

(a.) Study schedule for online students:

  • 24 hours of directed online activities per term

(d.) Additional requirements:

  • 120 hours of independent study per term

See also Unit timetable information