Course Title: Education and Training Issues

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education and Training Issues

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


360H Education

Distance / Correspondence

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013


City Campus


360H Education


Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Mr Michael Hastings

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7847

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 220.4.01

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

HWSS 2124 Foundation Studies in Careers

Course Description

This course examines government policy and the impact on career development frameworks, education and training. Current issues in education and training are considered, including equity and access, education policies at a system level and initiatives in vocational education and training.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The capabilities you can expect to develop, include:

 Understanding how government attitudes to industry and economy impact on education and training
 Knowledge of Kirby and other influential reports
 Understanding government policy driving development of new career development frameworks
 Knowledge of the history and theory of careers education
 Understanding of regulation and frameworks in post-compulsory education
 Understanding of initiatives in competency-based training, TAFE and pathways
 Knowledge of apprenticeship and traineeship system
 Recognising social inequity and its impact on career
 Understanding government policy and initiatives as they relate to equity in work and careers
 Appreciating the role of advocacy in careers practice

As above

Overview of Learning Activities

The course study guide contains a number of different tasks that students complete as part of their learning in the course. For example, activities and self-tests are short exercises that are designed to check students understanding of the material that has been presented. Some activities also form the basis of written assignments.

Overview of Learning Resources

Student study packs in CD format include (a) an introductory guide, which provides an overview of the course and contains information on assessment and general course administration, (b) a study guide, which contains the course content, and (c) a resource book, which contains a range of support material for the study guide. Students are also encouraged to communicate with each other via an online discussion board. Print-based study packs will be provided in exceptional circumstances.

Overview of Assessment

There are three assignments associated with this subject which in total are equivalent to a 4,000-5,000 word essay. Assignment due dates are negotiated by students (i.e., within guidelines) based on their subject commencement date.