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EDPB5017: International Policy Trends in Education

Investigation and analysis of key trends in education change and reform in major Western countries including: shifting priorities in education policies; increasing emphasis on educational outcomes, testing and international comparisons of learning achievement; significance of shifts fostering lifelong learning and human capital formation; trends in educational accountability; changes in the role of the state and implications for the financing of education; privatisation and decentralisation of education. Impact of major demographic, economic and labour market developments on education policies; impact on youth policy and transition from school to work, and their educational implications. Opportunity to draw upon personal experience working in the field of international testing, or related areas of policy formation and


Academic unit Education
Unit code EDPB5017
Unit name International Policy Trends in Education
Session, year
Semester 1, 2022
Attendance mode Online
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Matthew AM Thomas,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Module One: Sustainable Education
Submitted work
10% Week 02
Due date: 06 Mar 2022 at 23:59
500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Module Two: Testing of Education in the 21st century
20% Week 04
Due date: 20 Mar 2022 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Module Three: Mind the gap. Who is missing out on educational provision?
Submitted work
20% Week 08
Due date: 17 Apr 2022 at 23:59
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Assignment Module Four: Commodification of education
50% Week 12
Due date: 22 May 2022 at 23:59
2500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

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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.



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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.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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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.

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

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module One: Sustainable Education Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 04 Module Two: Testing of Education in the 21st century Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 07 Module Three: Mind the gap. Who is missing out on educational provision? Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Week 10 Module Four: Commodification of education Independent study (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

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

Please see Canvas for the full reading list.

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. develop a critical awareness of a range of key trends in educational provision across a range of nations
  • LO2. understand the impact of demographic developments, economic growth and employment shifts on youth from a global perspective
  • LO3. understand how education as an investment in human skills can contribute to personal development, which in turn can contribute to personal and social development with the potential result of reducing social inequality
  • LO4. develop critical understanding of why, despite widening access to education, outcomes continue to vary greatly for individuals, between as well as within countries
  • LO5. gain an experience of having applied these skills to advanced academic research, bibliographic searches 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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