Global Education Development

This course gives an overview of: 1) Education development globally: education as one of the sustainable development goals (SDG4), education policies, trends, challenges and international cooperation, 2) Research in education development, education in sustainability and development education, and 3) Connections between local, national and global education development.

5 ECTS Credits — Studies start 16 January 2023 — University of Oulu

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Photo credit: United Nations, 2003, on Flickr
Photo credit: United Nations, 2003, on Flickr

Course dates

16 January 2023 – 7 May 2023

Registration period

1 December 2022 – 31 December 2022

Coordinating university

University of Oulu

Instructors

Elina Lehtomäki
Marika Matengu

Credits

5 ECTS

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Course dates: 16.01. - 07.05.2023
Registration dates: 1.12. - 31.12.2022
Coordinating university: University of Oulu
Responsible teacher: Elina Lehtomäki () & Marika Matengu ()
Credits: 5 ECTS

Course summary

In this course we will discuss:

  • Education development globally: education as one of the sustainable development goals (SDG4), education policies, trends, challenges, and international cooperation;
  • Global coloniality and approaching education through the decolonial option;
  • Using decoloniality to review research in education development, education in sustainability and development education;
  • Connections between local, national, and global education development.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Recognize the various perspectives on Global Education Development;
  • Reflect on global education development and education in society using the decolonial framework;
  • Discuss, compare, and critique country-specific data on SDG 4 to demonstrate a nuanced understanding of trends, challenges, and issues related to global education development in specific contexts;
  • Explore key global education policy documents to recognize and analyze the role of organizations and different stakeholders at global, national, and local levels;
  • Develop research skills to critique and reflect on SDG 4 and global education development;
  • Demonstrate collaborative learning and critical thinking to explore decolonial options in global education development.

Learning methods

  • Moodle working space will be used for video-recorded lectures on main theories and basic concepts in education development, reforms, quality indicators and development education, providing materials, tasks and discussions
  • Introduction using video-recorded invited briefs (see the course material)
  • Independent reading (see the list of course material)
  • Discussion items/prompts for online dialogue, moderated by the teacher
  • Self-assessment and peer assessment

Study materials

  • Video-recorded invited briefs on research, trends and challenges in education development by scholars in different contexts (Latin America, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa) and UNESCO headquarters
  • Harber, Clive (2014) Education and international development: Theory, practice and issues
  • Global Education Monitoring Report (2019 or the latest) summary (60 pages)
  • Three research articles (among six options provided at the beginning of the course)
  • McCowan, T., & Unterhalter, E. (Eds.). (2021 or 2015). Education and international development: An introduction. Bloomsbury Publishing. Global Education Monitoring Report (2021).

Assessment

Guided online self-assessment and peer review of written assignments.

Additional information

The maximum number of students is 60.

The main target group is Master's level students, but others may participate as well.

Virtual Studies Course Catalogue