Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas

Course code EDUC6261
Available in 2016
Available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


The course provides an overview of major concepts and theories in the field of comparative and international education (CIE) and debates in relation to the methodologies and specific methods appropriate to the field. Major historical and contemporary scholars and studies will be examined to develop students' understandings about the conceptual and methodological issues within CIE. In particular, the course focuses on particular problems or issues in educational systems, contexts, regions or nations, and the competing theoretical positions and debates that underpin and surround these lines of research. This includes students' study of identified case-studies, applying particular theories and discussing their findings.


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  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts and theoretical perspectives and their methodological implications to the field of CIE;

2. Explore the relationship between research theories and methodologies;

3. Examine examples of problems or issues with educational systems or phenomena accounting for specific processes and particular contexts; and

4. Apply particular CIE theories and methodologies to a specific case study.


The following list indicates indicative course content:

  1. An understanding of multiple theories and concepts of CIE and their implications for research methodologies
  2. Comparison of national education systems and global initiatives in their socio-political and historical contexts, from different theoretical positions
  3. Analysis of case studies and elaboration of typologies
  4. New methodologies in CIE and their theoretical underpinnings

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Written discussion / Critical analysis of existing literature - Part 1

Written Assignment: Written discussion / Critical analysis of existing literature - Part 2

Contact Hours

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Integrated Learning Session

Online 24 hour(s) per Term