Faculty of Education

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Melanie Brooks (Berwick); Dr Linda Henderson (City), Ms Sharryn Clarke (Peninsula)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)

City (Melbourne)

  • Term 2 2016 (On-campus block of classes)


This unit critically examines trends in education policy across local, regional, national and global scales. 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 national and regional policy relevant to early years education and research the implications of global and national policy for their work as professional educators and leaders in their field.


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.


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

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 144 hours per semester comprising:

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

  • 24 hours over the semester

(b.) Requirements for on-campus block City-based students:

  • two intensive weekend blocks
  • at least 4 hours of active online engagement in Moodle activities per term

(c.) Requirements for offshore Kaplan-based students:

  • one intensive block (usually from Thursday to Sunday)
  • at least 4 hours of online study per term

(d.) Additional requirements (all students):

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

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