Global Perspectives in Education

Subject EDUC90727 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours (12 one hour lectures and 12 two hour workshops)
Total Time Commitment:

125. Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs/online classes) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

Twenty-first century Australians are members of a global community, connected to the whole world by ties of culture, economics, politics, enhanced communication, travel and a shared environment. Enabling young people to participate in shaping a better shared future for the world is at the heart of the dynamic and evolving field of global education, which is committed to fostering a broader understanding of world issues and working towards change, especially to the eradication of global poverty and inequality. The emphasis is on developing knowledge and skills, in addition to promoting positive values and participation. Global education is relevant across all learning areas.

The subject is based on the Global Perspectives Framework and addresses the strategies and resources for enriching teaching within the scope of the AusVELS. The five key learning emphases that reflect the recurring themes in global education are interdependence and globalisation, identity and cultural diversity, social justice and human rights, peace and conflict resolution and sustainable futures. This elective will provide opportunities to develop the ideas and values inherent in global education, including strategies to develop an inclusive classroom environment and effective pedagogy. this is emphasised through teaching controversial issues, Visible Thinking practices, and with additional support from external presenters, such as the High Resolves Initiative.

Qittner, K. & Sturak, K (Ed.) (2011) Global Perspective: A framework for global education in Australian schools. Carlton South: Education Services Australia

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Understand the forces that have led Australian educational institutions to identify including a global perspective as a priority;
  • Work within the framework provided by state and federal policy documents in identifying trends in global education and understanding their impact on classroom practice;
  • Identify areas in curriculum in which primary and secondary students would benefit from a global perspective;
  • Enrich the teaching and learning of their discipline with a global perspective through developing compelling learning opportunities and inquiry sequences for primary and secondary students.

There will be two assignments:

1. An essay of 1500 words due approximately week 9 of the subject (40%);

2. A unit of work totalling approximately 2500 words (60%), due in the final assessment period

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Teaching (Primary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)
Master of Teaching (Secondary)

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