University of Technology Sydney

028225 Issues in Education: Local and Global Contexts

6cp; 1.5hpw (self-directed study, artefact creation & reading, online), 1.5hpw (tutorial, on campus) To comply with health advice from NSW Health, the planned delivery of this subject for Spring D 2021 has been adjusted. Activities planned for campus in the first 3 weeks of session are being moved online. Activities for the remainder of the session (post-PEx) will be scheduled on campus only if the public health situation permits face-to-face learning in available teaching spaces. Please log into Canvas and monitor your UTS email for the latest advice concerning subject delivery and assessment information.; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


The aim of this subject is to enhance students' understanding of major issues in Australian education in the context of an ever-changing world that has become a global village through innovative technology, transnational migration and internationalisation of economic systems. What impacts do these changes have in shaping educational outcomes for students?

Through and introduction to social theory the subject enables the development of an understanding of the social, cultural, economic and political forces shaping education in Australia and globally. It explores the ways in which these forces interact in the Australian context to influence educational outcomes. This subject focuses on a critical-reflective approach to educational practices and beliefs highlighting the importance of discussion and dialogue in the development of our understanding of educational issues. The following issues are examined: the construction of knowledge and the curriculum in schools and tertiary institutions, social theories and socialisation, poverty and disadvantage, globalisation, gender, cultural diversity, global citizenship, development and human rights.

Typical availability

Spring D session, City campus

The subject is usually offered in these sessions. To confirm availability check the UTS Timetable Planner.

Detailed subject description.

Access conditions

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