Education and International Development: Global perspectives

Course code EDUC6260Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

This course provides a general introduction to the forces that shape education systems and processes globally, and the associated nature, structure and practice of education systems. Concurrently, it reviews the historical development of International Educational Development (IED) as a subfield of Comparative and International Education (CIE) as a field, and its trajectories within academic research and educational practice, and explores the birth of the development project, and key institutions at the heart of this project, including the World Bank, the United Nations, aid agencies, non-governmental organisations, etc.. Through this examination, the course develops insights in to the key relationships between education and political, economic and social change, and their manifestation at multiple levels (local, national, regional, international and global), based on comparative and international research and evidence. The course uses an issues based approach to explore key educational phenomena and areas of reform. Basic critical descriptions of similarities and differences between education systems in different contexts are made, and associated explanations of these are developed.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity to:
1. demonstrate a rigorous, broad and deep, understanding of the nature and historical development of education systems from a global perspective;
2. identify forces that shape education systems and practices, from multiple levels of scale, and the ways in which they form those;
3. describe a particular education system in its historico-political context as a case study; and
4. interpret specific system and reform moments in their particular contexts and from a global perspective.
ContentThe following list indicates indicative course content:
1. Introduction to the field of IED, its historical development and its potential trajectories.
2. Understanding of the key, multi-scale relationships between education systems and society.
3. Understanding of current world trends in key areas of systemic educational reform, and CIE insights into their development locally and globally.
4. The scope and potential of CIE research insights for educational policy making.
5. The scope and potential of CIE research insights for social change.
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNA
Modes of DeliveryExternal Mode
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 1
Discussion and analysis of CIE literature: How can comparative and international educational research contribute to our understanding of an existing education system and its reform?
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 2
Write a case study of an education system from a global perspective and in its shifting historico-political context.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6260