Professional practice and research in education and training is located within local, national and international policy contexts that shape what is possible to think, write, say and do. These powerful policy discourses tend to represent complex broad problems in simplified ways and recommend solutions that may have unintended consequences. This unit explores historical and contemporary educational policy discourses evident in a range of professional areas. This unit will enable graduate researchers to situate their own professional practice within the local, national and international education and training policy environment. Graduate researchers will be introduced to a range of approaches to policy analysis that will enable them to critique and evaluate relevant policies.