ESA512 International Educational Leadership (8)

Drawing upon comparative international perspectives, this subject will examine selected educational trends, practices, issues and debates from around the world. The subject will consist of an in-depth examination of the theoretical and philosophical assumptions underlying educational and leadership issues. Students are encouraged to view their existing educational contexts from a wide range of perspectives (familiar and less familiar) applied across international settings. Reflection will be undertaken on the forces of globalisation that influence their educational thinking and leadership.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: ESA512. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Teacher Education

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse the impact of socio-cultural, political and economic factors on educational issues;
  • be able to examine educational issues and practices from a comparative perspective;
  • be able to evaluate local and international education challenges from a range of perspectives; and
  • be able to formulate a plan using global research/practice to analyse and evaluate a local issue of practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Comparative education: A brief overview;
  • The 'hard questions' being faced by education systems around the world;
  • International comparisons: contemporary contexts;
  • Standardised testing: Assessment and accountability;
  • Equity and educational justice;
  • Globalisation; and
  • Alternative conceptions and whole-system reform.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of ESA512 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Annotated bibliography and comparative table
Comparative case study of a contemporary issue

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.