2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
Online independent and collaborative learning experiences including 1 optional scheduled weekend intensive each year
This unit has two key components. The first component focuses on education policy at global, national and local levels. Considered through the lens of new policy sociology and theories of policy enactment in particular, students reflect critically on theory, practice and current public sector and education policy environments. There is a particular focus on the equity implications of policy and policy work.
The second component of the unit aims to develop understandings of the specific legal, regulatory and policy issues relating to the governance and leadership of Australian education organisations. It highlights issues relating to performance measurement, accountability, risk management and the way these affect both contemporary education work and the roles and responsibilities of education leaders. It presents a comparative account of approaches and issues within different education sectors, with an aim to develop knowledge and dispositions necessary to adapt to changes in expectations about education institutions by governments, education communities and the community more generally.
At its conclusion, the unit situates education governance within the broader policy context.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Critically engage with literature and contemporary discourses around education policy
Critically engage with literature and contemporary discourses around education governance
GLO4: Critical thinking
Critically evaluate the utility of current approaches to education policy making and enactment, including within specific institutional contexts
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Critically evaluate the utility of current approaches to education governance and enactment, including within specific institutional contexts
GLO5: Problem solving
Analyse and theorise recent and possible future changes in education policy and governance in light of local, national and global forces
GLO8: Global citizenship
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
Assessment 1 - A report that takes the form of a draft submission to a potential review of current and/or future education policy as it pertains to the education sector in which you are currently working
Assessment 2 - An essay that critically analyses one example of education governance failure reported in the media
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link ECM711 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list.
Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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