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EDPB5016: Global Poverty, Social Policy and Ed

Semester 2, 2020 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Investigation and analysis of: basic indicators of global poverty; key theories of poverty and development and their implications for social policy and education; western paradigms and their effects in non-western contexts; alternatives to westernisation; education as a form of foreign aid and development co-operation in multilateral, bilateral and non-government programs; multisectoral approaches to poverty alleviation strategies.

Unit details and rules

Unit code EDPB5016
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Alexandra McCormick,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Skills-based evaluation Online discussion activities
Online discussion activities
20% Multiple weeks 1250 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment Overview
Written assignment
10% Week 02 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO2
Assignment Essay
Short written essay
20% Week 06 1250
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Assignment Case Study
Written work
50% Week 12 3000
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7

Assessment summary

Online discussion activities – posts related to prompts and topics provided

Overview – brief initial topic summary

Essay – short essay on education and international development

Case Study – independent inquiry on a topic of students’ choice


*Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas

Assessment criteria

Result Name

Mark Range

Basic Description



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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Multiple weeks Multiple Online class (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO6 LO7
Online consultation One-to-one tuition (2 hr) LO3 LO4 LO5
Weekly Study Guide materials and modules, including self-led completion of provided activities; discussion board activities; peer exchange activities Independent study (18 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

All online, as detailed in Canvas

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

See Canvas for the full Study Guide and reading lists

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. demonstrate critical understanding of major interpretive approaches to global poverty and education
  • LO2. demonstrate understanding of major issues in poverty, social policy and education
  • LO3. demonstrate critical interpretation of global poverty and education
  • LO4. demonstrate application of skills and insights developed in a special investigation
  • LO5. demonstrate development of advanced independent research and study skills
  • LO6. demonstrate development and application of advanced on-line research capacities
  • LO7. demonstrate development of high-level argumentation 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.

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Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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