Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemmas

Course code EDUC6261Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Education

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course provides students with the opportunity 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.
ContentThe 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
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
Written discussion of the literature.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment Item 2
Review the literature in a substantive area or on a specific topic and suggest a problem or issue that arises from your readings in the existing research.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6261