EDF5663 - Education and globalisation in the Asian century - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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




Dr Hongzhi Zhang

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


This unit supports professionals working across education sectors to understand the complexities of the changing international context of education in the twenty-first 'Asian century'. Students examine how larger economic, political and cultural processes of globalisation and internationalisation shape educational practices. The unit examines the interplay of global, regional and national issues confronting education in Australia and in the broader global context. It introduces students to theories and debates surrounding globalisation and education, and equips students with abilities and skills to critically evaluate such theories and debates in explaining the development of national and regional educational policies and practices in the Asian century. The unit also considers the ethical responsibilities which confront global citizens, workers and professionals. Through case analysis, students build skills and knowledge to enhance their cross/intercultural abilities and apply these in their daily and professional lives.


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

  1. identify the impact of globalisation and internationalisation on practices and policies in diverse educational and work contexts
  2. critically evaluate academic debates and discussions in the field of global studies in education
  3. develop a case study to describe an educational issue of cross/intercultural significance
  4. analyse the case study to evaluate evidence of cross/intercultural issues and challenges
  5. increase awareness of the ethical responsibilities of global citizens, workers and professionals.


Folio assignment (4000 words, 50%)

Essay (4000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Flexible mode offers a stand-alone online offering that allows students to learn and engage in content and assessment in a supported way. It also provides a face-to-face component of 12 hours over the semester to engage students with the online learning content, which students can attend if they are able and interested.

Minimum total expected workload equals 288 hours per semester comprising:

  1. Contact hours for flexible students:
    • 12 contact hours and 24 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester or
    • 36 hours equivalent of online activities over the semester
  2. Additional requirements (all students):
    • independent study to meet the minimum required hours per semester

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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

Option for Master of Education in:

Adult learning

Digital learning

Educational leadership and policy

General education studies

Elective for Master of Teaching in:

Early years education

Primary education

Secondary education

Elective for Honours research in: