The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to prepare teachers to successfully work in diverse learning environments in Australia and abroad and to prepare for leadership roles in education policy and governance. It introduces pre-service teachers to global issues in education with a focus on initiatives for diversity, equity, and innovation.

Students will acquire a socio-historical and comparative understanding about the global expansion of mass education and contemporary challenges related to transnational flows of people, ideas, and resources.

They will increase their knowledge about diverse geographical and political world regions, and accompanying educational traditions.

Through project-based tasks, students will acquire an in-depth knowledge about education in a country of their choice. In addition, they will develop the skills and capacity to use different kinds of educational data for comparative analyses of international education policy and practice.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Engage with and teach about cultural diversity and equity;

2. Understand diverse educational systems and practices in historical and cultural context;

3. Apply different kinds of educational data to research successful international and global initiatives for equity and diversity;

4. Develop an in-depth case study on educational issue of their choice;

5. Develop critical media literacy skills to construct informed comparisons between educational contexts in Australia and other countries.

6. Work collaboratively on a project-based learning task.


The course is organized around the following topical areas:

  1. History of the emergence and expansion of mass education in global perspective
  2. Conditions for learning and teaching in a globalized world
  3. Qualitative and quantitative data and indicators used in global and local education policy making
  4. Education traditions rooted in indigenous and non-western cultures
  5. Critical analysis of media representations of education and educators and the impact on education policy and programming


Students must be active in one of:

M Teaching (Secondary) [11715]

B Teaching (Secondary) / BArts [12214]

B Teaching (Primary) / B Arts [12215]

B Teach(Prim)/B Earl ChldhdStu [12216]

B Teach(Second) / B Fine Art [12217]

B Teach(Second)/BHlth&PhysEdu [12218]

B Teach(Secondary) / B Science [12219]

B Teach(Second) / B Technology [12220]

B Teach(Secondary) / B Maths [12223]

B Arts / B Laws (Honours) [12340]

B Teaching (Primary) (Honours) [12367]

B Teaching (Humanities) (Hons) [12368]

B Teaching (Fine Art)(Honours) [12369]

B Teach(Hlth & Phys Ed) (Hons) [12370]

B Teach (Mathematics) (Hons) [12371]

B Teaching (Science) (Honours) [12372]

B Teach (Technology) (Hons) [12373]

B Arts [40096]

B Education (EC/Prim) [40105]

B Education (Primary) [40106]

B Education (Secondary) [40107]

B Education (Secondary) (Hons) [40108]

B Education (EC/Prim) (Hons) [40109]

B Education (Primary) (Hons) [40110]

B Music / B Arts [40120]

Enrolment in this course is also dependent on meeting the teacher education admission milestone of successful completion of

- Three HSC band 5s (including one in English) or

- 80 units of UoN courses or

- Regulatory authority approved comparable pathways or

- Commencement in the program pre 2016

Assumed knowledge

Minimum of 160 units of undergraduate study

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online learning activities

Written Assignment: Written Critical Reflection

Presentation: Oral presentation

Contact hours


Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term