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Tertiary and Adult Education Policy (EDN544)

Organisational Unit Education
Credit Points 3
Description This unit examines policy issues related to tertiary and adult education at both the micro and macro levels. We will look at issues of tertiary and adult education as they relate to individuals, universities and other adult and tertiary education settings, the larger national society, and the global context. This unit is inter-disciplinary, using philosophical, psychological, economic, political and sociological perspectives to critically examine tertiary and adult education.
Unit Learning Outcomes Successful completion of the unit will develop your ability to:
1. Critically examine the main policy issues related to adult and tertiary education in Australia.
2. Discuss adult and tertiary education policy issues in foreign countries that are relevant to Australia.
3. Discuss the global forces and trends affecting adult and tertiary education in Australia.
4. Think critically, creatively and analytically.
5. Express your ideas and make a persuasive argument in written English.
6. Understand in-depth knowledge about a topic of your choice.
7. Gather and analyse academic literature.
8. Apply knowledge from the unit to address real-word problems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is interactive. The internal mode is offered as a seminar format, with discussion of the readings. The external mode is similarly structured, with the discussion of the readings taking place on the online discussion board.
Assessment The unit structure and assessments are designed to develop students' analytical and written communication skills. Discussion and analysis of the readings in class (internal students) or online (external students) will help develop critical thinking skills. The major assignment, an analytical essay on a topic of your own choice, will help develop writing, research, and analytical and critical thinking skills. Prior to submitting the essay, students will have an opportunity to receive feedback on their writing from other assignments (discussion questions, discussion board postings, and essay proposal) as necessary. The final exam provides an opportunity to synthesize the readings, and apply them to a particular scenario or policy.
Prerequisites Enrolment in a Graduate qualification or permission of the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed E407 Perspectives and Issues in Adult Education may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: EDU644
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Education (Coursework) (MEd)
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Ms Elizabeth Moore
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e: E.Moore@murdoch.edu.au
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