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EDPB6013: Internationalisation of Education

An investigation of major developments in internationalisation of education, at schooling, technical and further education, and higher education levels. Historical developments of internationalisation; contrasting interpretations and 20th century developments. Contemporary trend analysis including a detailed case study of a specific policy or program.


Academic unit Education
Unit code EDPB6013
Unit name Internationalisation of Education
Session, year
Semester 1, 2020
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 Alexandra McCormick,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment Minor Overview
Written Assessment
10% Week 02 500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment Review Essay
Written Assessment
20% Week 05 1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2
Assignment Minor Essay
Written Assessment
20% Week 08 1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Assignment Major Essay
Written Assessment
50% Week 12 2500
Outcomes assessed: LO5

Minor Overview – written submission

Review Essay – written submission

Minor Essay – written submission

Major Essay – written submission

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.

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

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

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.

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 the Study Guide, which should also be obtained through Canvas. We encourage you to participate meaningfully in the discussion boards provided. You are also encouraged to arrange a one-on-one consultation directly with the coordinator. Independent study (24 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

There are no face to face classes for this unit; 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 eReserve, also in 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. gain an understanding of the historical development of internationalisation of education, as well as some competing rationales for its development
  • LO2. engage in critical understanding of major interpretive approaches to internationalisation, with minor recapitulation of arguments about globalization
  • LO3. understand internationalisation of education in specific contexts, as well as an understand more general trends
  • LO4. undertake critical study of the relationship between effects of globalization on education, and what relationship there is, if any, between this and the development of internationalisation in education
  • LO5. apply skills and insights developed in an independently designed investigation

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
Since this unit was last offered, the literature and Study Guide have been updated.

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 formative online discussion postings - that you are required to submit for marking, one each associated with Modules 1-4.

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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