Master of Global Studies in Education

Course MC-GLBSTED (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016 - Parkville
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Duration & Credit Points: 100 credit points taken over 24 months part time.


Professor Fazal Rizvi



Melbourne Graduate School of Education

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Course Overview:

Global processes have transformed the requirements of work and the labour market, as well as cultural and political landscapes, requiring new ways of approaching education and training.

The Master of Global Studies in Education will explore the complex ways in which the world is becoming interconnected and interdependent and the impact of this on education settings, pedagogy, curriculum and assessment. It highlights the imperatives for responding to the changing external environment with regard to education policy and governance.

The course is only offered as part-time study and can be completed over two years.

The course covers contemporary issues in globalisation, policy and leadership, identity, culture and citizenship, and youth participation in a digital age.
To attract and enable a transnational cohort that reflects the focus of the program, delivery will be fully on-line. Cohorts will be limited to a maximum number of participants that will complete the program as a cohort and requires the cohort to pursue the same sequence of subjects.

New deliveries will be scheduled once a new minimum cohort is achieved.

This approach is modelled on a successful international program delivered by the University of Illinois, which was coordinated by Professor Fazal Rizvi, who will be the Course Coordinator for this program.
The University of Illinois is the only other global provider of a Global Studies in Education online program.

MGSE has specifically listed this course in its most recent Business Plan as a strategic priority in delivering postgraduate qualifications wholly online. The faculty has enlisted MCP to support and operationalize this strategy. MCP currently delivers industry focused online programs with MGSE.

Learning Outcomes:

The objectives of the course are to:
• develop a critical understanding of global changes and their impact on education
• explore key theoretical debates about globalization, citizenship and education
• acquire a range of resources for internationalizing curriculum and pedagogy
• enhance student skills and capabilities to work in culturally diverse global settings
• explore recent reforms in education in the Asia-Pacific region
• compete an individually guided project linked to their professional work

Course Structure & Available Subjects:

The Master, Global Studies in Education will comprise 4 x 25 point subjects delivered fully online, with the last subject being a research capstone subject, designed to provide students with the skills involved in critically reading research conducted in international settings; and develop, implement and report on a minor research project dealing with issues of international education.

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Entry Requirements:

1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed either:
– an undergraduate degree and a fourth-year level education qualification, or equivalent; or
– a four-year education degree, or equivalent.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee selection.

2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
• prior academic performance.

3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.

4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university’s English language requirements for graduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 7 is required.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:

Graduate Attributes:

The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:

  • Academically excellent:
    • have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
    • have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
    • reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
    • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
    • be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
  • Knowledgeable across disciplines:
    • examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
    • expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
    • have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
    • have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
  • Leaders in communities:
    • initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
    • have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
    • mentor future generations of learners
    • engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
  • Attuned to cultural diversity:
    • value different cultures
    • be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
    • have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
    • respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
  • Active global citizens:
    • accept social and civic responsibilities
    • be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
    • have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics

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