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Critical Policy Analysis in Education PG (9092.3)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Education


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  • Semester 1, 2020, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (193666) - View
  • Semester 2, 2019, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (186968) - View
  • Semester 2, 2018, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (182609) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (165793) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (154297) - View
  • Semester 1, 2015, ON-CAMPUS, BRUCE (146157) - View

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A policy perspective is essential for understanding contemporary developments in education, and knowledge of policy is deemed an essential quality of educational leaders. This unit will develop a capacity for critical policy analysis, drawing on the education policy studies literature. It will explore education as a field of public policy, examining policy influences such as globalisation, managerialism and economic concepts such as human capital. It will explore sociocultural theorisations of policy including institutionalism, critical theory and post-structuralism. It will traverse some key themes such as markets and choice; outcomes and standards; and equity and social inclusion. The unit will explore the deployment of research in policy work and give participants opportunities to respond critically to key policy texts impacting on their professional context.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to;

1. Identify a range of policy perspectives and sociocultural and economic influences on policy;

2. Develop critical perspectives on policy analysis that draw on the education policy studies literature;

3. Apply these perspectives to the analysis of policy change in local, systemic, sectoral, national and global contexts;

4. Critically analyse an education policy in terms of context and process, research evidence base and implications for professional practice; and

5. Lead professional activities that address the contemporary challenges of policy reform in education.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

2 hours per week (average) or equivalent.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

Restrictions: This unit is not open to students who have passed 7692 Educational Policy and Planning PG

Equivalent Units

7692 Educational Policy and Planning PG.

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