Policy, Schooling and Society

EDU30030 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours


EDU20022 and EDU20023 and 25 Credit Points of units EDU20024-EDU20049

Aims and objectives

In this unit, pre-service teachers are introduced to how policy and societal norms influence schools and the schooling system. Pre-service teachers will examine key issues confronting education and education policy makers, exploring a range of influences on contemporary education policy such as the role of Big Data, and the place of National and global organisations in the policy making process. Pre-service teachers will critically examine the nature and purpose of schooling and the social and political forces that have impacted on formalised education. This unit will also explore how broader social issues, such as sustainability and Human rights, influence education policy.
After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate the nature and purpose of schooling.
2. Identify how social, political, historical and cultural contexts impact on policy and schooling.
3. Analyse how policies and programs shape education
4. Identify and analyse contemporary education reform agendas both within Australia and globally; including an understanding of key national and international stakeholders
5. Reflect critically on key issues confronting education nationally and globally, such as sustainability, human rights, citizenship and peace
6. Critically examine the role of big data in informing education policy and practice

Courses with unit

This unit will not be offered from 2019 and has been replaced by  EDU30061 Educational Leadership and Policy