Course Title: Global Learning: Education and Practice Towards a Learning Society

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Global Learning: Education and Practice Towards a Learning Society

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global Studies, Soc Sci & Plng


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Christopher Ziguras

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2501 / 0414 870 543

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37 Level 5

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course explores the globalization of education drawing on a range of analytical approaches. It is designed for students with an interest in international issues and education, and provides a grounding in key issues affecting education policy and practice around the globe. The course deals with four aspect of global learning:

  1. Comparative: what are the major global forces shaping patterns of educational development and how do these manifest in different countries?
  2. Curriculum: should education focus on indigenous, local, national or global skills, knowledge and understanding?
  3. Mobility: what are the implications of the growing mobility of students and education providers across national borders?
  4. Beyond the classroom: what is the impact of lifelong learning, community education and the development of new information and communication technologies?

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The course contributes to the development of the following Bachelor of Arts (International Studies) graduate capabilities. The course will develop your ability to:

  • Distill meaning, interpret, absorb and synthesize knowledge and information derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems
  • Communicate effectively in international and cross-cultural contexts, and facilitate collaborative partnerships within diverse communities of practice
  • Work professionally in diverse cultural, linguistic and organizational contexts

At the conclusion of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify, describe and critically examine the concepts, policies and educational practices associated with the globalization of education
  • Critically analyze the impact of contemporary political, social and economic policies on educational practice at the local, national, regional and global levels
  • Identify and critically reflect on the geographical framing of learning experiences

Overview of Learning Activities

This course comprises three hours of face-to-face classes each week in addition to set reading and self-directed study. Classes will introduce each topic, contextualize the set reading material and provide an opportunity for collaborative activities and discussion.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to extensive course materials through the student portal, myRMIT. The required readings for each week of the course, and links to supplementary resources, are provided online.

Overview of Assessment

You will be required to submit a range of assessments throughout the semester that demonstrate your understanding of and engagement with the course materials. You will be asked to engage with the work of others and to give constructive feedback and contribute to class discussions. Assignments will involve both working independently and as part of a team on written, oral and interactive tasks.