Global Poverty and Education (EDUF3026)


This unit of study explores relationships between education, poverty and development in international contexts, particularly in the global South. It acknowledges the importance of a broad-ranging view of development, including its economic, political, and cultural dimensions. The unit examines key indicators related to poverty and education, and explores the educational implications of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) in the global South. The roles of multilateral, bilateral and non-state agencies in educational development is investigated to discuss the multiple actors in global development and the politics of aid. Case studies of educational development processes in specific countries are used to contextualise the key issues explored in the unit and to provide students with an understanding of how development reforms are experienced and contested at local, regional, and national levels. The unit is especially designed for those who have an interest in developing countries, who may be teaching or writing about development issues, or who may be interested in careers in international and development education, whether in Australia or overseas.

Further unit of study information


1x1-hr lecture/wk for 9 wks, 1x2-hr tutorial/wk for 9 wks


2500wd essay (35%), 2000wd critical review (35%), 1000wd response with workshop presentation (30%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

42 credit points of units

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.