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ECM711 - Education Governance and Policy


2020 unit information

Important Update:

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

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jo Henriksen
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Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

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

GLO2: Communication


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


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week

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

2500 words or equivalent 50% Week 6

Assessment 2 - An essay that critically analyses one example of education governance failure reported in the media

2500 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

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.

Learning Resource

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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