Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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 into 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 issue 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


The 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.

Assessment items

Essay: Essays/Written Assignments - Discussion and analysis of CIE literature

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case study: Written Assignment

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term



Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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