The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Over the past three to four decades, educational systems have gone through rapid and significant transformations, shaped by dynamics of local and global economic, social and political conditions. This course introduces students to the field of education policy studies and contemporary policy debates about key themes of purpose, access, equity, inclusion, pedagogy, curriculum, and educational structure and governance. Drawing on historical and contemporary case studies from the field of comparative and international education research, the course identifies key actors, institutions and sites for global, national and sub-national education and social policy making including the media and newly emerged transnational civil society advocacy networks for education. Students will compare and critically analyse policies, and processes of education policymaking, in relation to broader social, cultural and economic purposes of education, and associated processes of national development, globalization, and social change. This course is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in policy making and social transformation.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): EDUC6261. Students who have successfully completed EDUC6261 are not eligible to enrol in EDUC6268.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relationship between social policy and social change;

2. Identify multiple sources of data and knowledge production which influence policymaking and analysis;

3. Explore the relationship between multiple research theories and methodologies in the field of education policy studies;

4. Critically examine problems or issues for education policy accounting for global and local processes and contexts


The following list indicates course content:

  • Historical scope of the field of education policy studies including policy development, implementation and analysis;
  • Overview of historical and contemporary actors, institutions, sites, processes, and perspectives that produce and / or influence education policy at multiple levels – global, national, subnational, local;      
  • Introduction to theoretical and methodological debates about the study of education policy;
  • Critical analysis of case studies of historical and contemporary education policy about educational purpose, access, equity, inclusion, pedagogy, curriculum, and governance.


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed EDUC6261.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written discussion / Critical analysis of existing literature

Written Assignment: Written discussion /Critical analysis of existing literature

Contact hours


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term