Course Title: Education and Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Education and Development

Credit Points: 12.00

Flexible Terms

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City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies



Course Coordinator: Christopher Ziguras

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2501

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 37.5.30

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Master of International Development students are encouraged to have completed Learning and Participation in Development HUSO2158 before enrolling this elective.

Course Description

In this course you will explore the ways in which globalization and international development are transforming educational policy and practice around the world. You will examine the ways in which social, economic, political and technological change is heightening the interconnection between education and international development policy and practice. More specifically the course will examine the causes and impacts of the changing flows of resources, students, providers, consultants and educators in achieving global development and lifelong learning goals. You will consider how policy makers, development agencies and educators engage with indigenous, local, national and global forms of knowledge and skills.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:

  • Critically reflect on socio-cultural diversity and values, world systems and the benefits of local and global development practices for communities engaged in development processes
  • Critically analyse, synthesize and reflect on personal awareness and lived experience, theories and practices of development, both local and international, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice in the discipline
  • Professionally communicate propositions, processes and outcomes relating to international development to address specialist and non-specialist audiences

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse the ways in which globalization and international development is transforming educational policy and practice
  • Analyse the causes and impacts of the growing cross-border flows of resources, models, policies, curriculum, students and providers in addressing the development and lifelong learning goals
  • Reflect and propose ways in which policy-makers, international development agencies and educators can address and reconcile competing local, national and global demands

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshops focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and visits to educational institutions. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes. Assessment may include the following tasks, either individually or in groups:

  • Case study analysis and review of relevant literature (30%) CLO 1 and 2
  • Critical reflective journal (20%) CLO 1
  • Essay and/or synthesis reports (50%) CLO 1, 2 and 3

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Equitable Learning Unit if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available
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