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EDO3211 Teaching in Global Contexts

Semester 2, 2011 Online Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Education
School or Department : Education

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Examiner: Warren Midgley
Moderator: Yvonne Findlay


Education is a global profession. Many graduates from education degrees will actively seek employment in culturally and linguistically diverse contexts. This requires a clear understanding of the range and complexity of the issues involved, as well as knowledge of some of the strategies that may be employed to enhance learning outcomes in these contexts and the theories that underpin those strategies. This course aims to equip students with the requisite knowledge and skills for effective education in global contexts, thus enhancing their employment options within international settings.


Through completing this course, students will develop an understanding of the range and complexity of uses impacting on student learning and teaching in different contexts. Students will explore theories relating to curriculum design and pedagogy for global contexts, as well as strategies for enacting those theories in specific international contexts. The course has an opportunity for students to participate in a placement organised by USQ with an international partner institution such as Montana State University and Bangkok Sarasas Ektra School Thailand. However, the international placement arrangements are optional and subject to the student meeting all acceptance requirements including successful completion of two professional experience placements through USQ.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Identify important characteristics of the global contexts of education. (Assessment 1 & 2)
  2. Develop curriculum and pedagogical approaches for teaching about global issues. (Assessment 1)
  3. Develop curriculum and pedagogical approaches for teaching in a specific international context. (Assessment 2)
  4. Reflect upon their learning and experiences of teaching for and in global contexts. (Assessment 1 & 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. The global contexts of education 20.00
2. Curriculum for global contexts 20.00
3. Pedagogy for global contexts 20.00
4. Curriculum in global contexts 20.00
5. Pedagogy in global contexts 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Global Education,
  • Global Learning Centre,
  • International Curriculum Frameworks: eg International Baccalaureate,
  • International School organisation and networks: eg ECIS,
  • International Schools Service,
  • International teacher recruiting services: eg Time plan,
  • Whether you are on, or off campus, the USQ Library is an excellent source of information. The gateway to education resources is here: //

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Directed Study 70.00
Independent Study 70.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
WRITTEN RESPONSE 1 40 40 09 Sep 2011
WRITTEN RESPONSE 2 60 60 24 Oct 2011

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide. //

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and have Internet access to UConnect for this course.