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Understanding Education Policy (EDUC90951)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeEDUC90951
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This subject examines education policy in an international context. Students will examine the nature and role of education policy, the intersection with other social and economic policies, and the key conceptual ideas underpinning contemporary policy. Through this subject, students will analyse the cultural, socio-economic and political forces shaping policies in education, focussing mainly on schooling and tertiary education. Students will draw on a range of theories and approaches that inform critical policy analysis to examine issues such as the impact of privilege and disadvantage on educational outcomes, transitions through education and into employment, the structure of education systems, and the impact of national, regional and international factors. This will inform critical analysis of key contemporary policy debates and develop professional skills in policy analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Discuss the nature and role of education policy and the key conceptual ideas underpinning policies in national, regional and international contexts.
  • Articulate and distinguish between the main theories and approaches used to analyse education policy in an international context.
  • Analyse contemporary policy debates in education internationally drawing on relevant theories and evidence from the research literature.
  • Reflect critically on key policy debates addressing the relevant social, cultural, political and historical contexts

Generic skills

  • Critical thinking and reasoning Problem solving Communication Evidence based decision making Creativity and innovation Teamwork and professional collaboration Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning Active and participatory citizenship

Last updated: 30 July 2019