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EDUC6457 Globalisation and Education Policy

Module Overview

In recent decades globalisation has impacted national education policies in industrialised, emerging and developing economies. This module will look at the different ways in which some education systems in different regions have changed their policies and provision of education in the hope of raising competitiveness and fitting in with the current knowledge economy. We will look at ways in which these changes have impacted upon the teaching and learning processes of such systems.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To analyse education policies in different regions in light of the imperatives brought by a globalised knowledge economy.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Examine different theories and dimensions of globalisation
  • Make use of notions of 'the state' in relation to policies in education
  • Evaluate the role of governmental and non-governmental international organisations in education
  • Explain the relationship between global targets (PISA; EFA goals) and the rise of competitiveness internationally
  • Critically analyse the formulation of different education policies across geographical regions as a consequence of globalisation
  • Communicate your ideas and arguments on these topics to tutors and peers in both written and verbal forms


The content of the module will typically cover: - The impact of globalisation on educational policy ï‚· - Policy transfer; dissemination and convergence ï‚· - International performance evaluations as global targets ï‚· - Governmental and non-governmental international organisations - Examples of school choice; competition; decentralisation; school-based management; public-private partnerships and conditional-cash transfer schemes - Educational competitiveness in the knowledge economy

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, group work, tutorials, student presentations and self-directed study.

Wider reading or practice50
Preparation for scheduled sessions36
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task70
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Chabbott, C. (2003). Constructing education for development: International organisations and education for all.. 

Robinson, W. I. (2007). Theories of Globalisation. In G. Ritzer (ed). The Blackwell Companion to Globalisation, Blackwell Publishing, Malden, MA. 

Martens, K. Rusconi, A. and Leuze, K. (eds) (2007). New Arenas of Education Governance: The Impact of International Organisations and Markets on Educational Policy Making.. 

Grek, S. (2007). Governing by numbers: the PISA Effect. Journal of Education Policy. .

Verger, A., M. Novelli and H. K. Altinyelken (eds.) (2012). Global Education Policy and International Development: New Agendas, Issues and Policies.. 

Hay, C. (2006). What’s Globalisation Got to Do with It? Economic Interdependence and the Future of European Welfare States. Government and Opposition. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 75%
Poster 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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