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This subject examines contemporary global trends and the impact on policy directions at the national level. This includes the selection, development and monitoring of education policies. Through this subject, students will critically examine some of the key debates concerning notions of globalisation, how educational ideas circulate around the world, the role of global institutions (such as transnational corporations, intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and the media) in promoting particular views of education as a response to the demands of a global economy and a globally interconnected world. Students will draw on relevant theoretical and research literature to consider the impact on individuals, schools and communities.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Articulate contemporary global issues and trends and their economic, cultural, environmental and political factors.
- Analyse these global trends and the ways in which they are expressed in educational processes and are shaping educational policies and practices around the world.
- Reflect critically on the ways governments, non-government organisations and educational leaders engage with the challenges and opportunities offered by these global trends and the implications for education systems.
In this subject, students will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Critical thinking and reasoning
- Problem solving
- Evidence based decision making
- Creativity and innovation
- Teamwork and professional collaboration
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning
- Active and participatory citizenship
Last updated: 10 February 2024