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EDPB5002: Globalisation and Education

Semester 1, 2022 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Concepts of globalisation, global integration and culture, and internationalisation. Economic political and cultural dimensions of globalisation. Major interpretive approaches to globalisation. Major world trends in education assessed in light of globalisation. Globalisation and internationalisation of labour markets; marked forces in education; cross-cultural and trans-national trends in education provision; knowledge as a global construct; global organisations and agenda in education; emerging global and regional structures in education, students, educational professionals and knowledge workers in a globalising world. Investigation/report on a special study in students’ areas of interest.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDPB5002
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Matthew AM Thomas,
Lecturer(s) Matthew AM Thomas,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation Online postings
Online postings and responses
20% Multiple weeks Equivalent to 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO7 LO5 LO3
Assignment Review Essay
Written assignment
20% Week 04
Due date: 20 Mar 2022 at 23:59
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment Minor Essay
Written assignment
20% Week 07
Due date: 10 Apr 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Major Essay Framework
Essay framework/plan
10% Week 10
Due date: 08 May 2022 at 23:59
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO4 LO7 LO6
Assignment Major Essay [Special Study]
Written assignment
30% Week 12
Due date: 22 May 2022 at 23:59
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO4 LO3 LO2
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

Assessment summary

Discussion board (online): multiple postings and responses

Review Essay: written submission

Minor Essay: written submission

Major Essay Framework: essay overview with sources

Major Essay: Special Study

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

Result Name

Mark Range

Basic Description (see extended version in Canvas)



Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an exceptional standard



Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a very high standard



Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at a good standard



Awarded when you demonstrate the learning outcomes for the unit at an acceptable standard



When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.



When you haven’t completed all assessment tasks or met the attendance requirements.

This unit uses standards-based assessment for award of assessment marks. Your assessments will be evaluated solely on the basis of your individual performance. 

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Standard late penalties apply.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Ongoing The course is currently designed to offer maximum flexibility to a combined Australia-based and international cohort. This includes a series of written assignments supported by activities and readings provided in a Study Guide, which should also be obtained through Canvas. We encourage meaningful participation in the discussion boards provided (which represents 20% of the final mark), with whole group online meetings and one-on-one consultations with the coordinator, or in pairs/groups. Independent study (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Online postings in response to visual and written materials Independent study (12 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5 LO6

Attendance and class requirements

There are optional online meetings for this unit, accessed via Canvas; online discussion board postings and submissions of assignments are both assessed and required.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Lists of required readings are organised by Module in the Study Guide, which is available to download in Canvas. The readings are available through the library links, also accessed via Canvas.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand major interpretive approaches to globalisation
  • LO2. understand major world trends in education
  • LO3. interpret effects of globalisation on education
  • LO4. apply skills and insights developed in a special investigation
  • LO5. develop independent study skills
  • LO6. develop various research capacities
  • LO7. develop high-level analysis and writing skills

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Since this unit was last offered, the literature and Study Guide have been updated. There may have been changes to assessment formats stated in the handbook, in response to student feedback.

The foundation of this unit of study is reflection on a series of guided course readings, presented in turn through 4 course Modules set out in the Study Guide that should be dowloaded in Canvas. Please familiarise yourself with its contents and structure ahead of starting the course. The Study Guide is a set of comments, questions and exercises designed to steer you through the learning process.

We strongly recommend that you read the required material in the order suggested, and tackle the commentaries and exercises step by step, again in the order suggested. This is because the unit builds upon stages of work.

You will see that there are several exercises to do in response to particular readings. They are to guide your own thinking. We also require you to use the e-learning website for this unit to share your questions and ideas as you move through the modules. There are 4 pieces of assessed written work - in addition to online discussion postings - that you are required to submit for marking, one each associated with modules 2-4.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this unit.

Site visit guidelines

There are no site visit guidelines for this unit.

Work, health and safety

There are no specific WHS requirements for this unit.


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