ECM711 - Education Governance and Policy


2022 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
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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)

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.

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