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 1 February 2024 — University of Oulu

Photo credits: Robert Collins, 2017 on UnSplash
Photo credits: Robert Collins, 2017 on UnSplash

Course dates

1 February 2024 – 30 April 2024

Registration period

1 December 2023 – 18 January 2024

Coordinating university

University of Oulu


Marika Matengu
Elina Lehtomäki



Course dates: 1.02. - 30.04.2024
Registration dates: 1.12.2023 - 18.1.2024
Coordinating university: University of Oulu
Responsible teacher: Marika Matengu () & Elina Lehtomäki ()
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 workspace will be used throughout the course. The workspace includes videos, readings, video-recorded interviews with scholars, podcasts, blogs, and assignments which are submitted via Moodle.
  • 8 online meetings via Zoom.
  • Individual and group learning tasks.

Course schedule

The course will have 8 sessions in total according to the following schedule:

DATE Time (Finnish time) WEEKDAY SESSION
8.2.2024 12.15 - 14.00 Thursday Session 1
15.2.2024 12.15 - 14.00 Thursday Session 2
29.2.2024 14.15 - 16.00 Thursday Session 3
14.3.2024 14.15 - 16.00 Thursday Session 4
21.3.2024 14.15 - 16.00 Thursday Session 5
11.4.2024 14.15 - 16.00 Thursday Session 6
18.4.2024 14.15 - 16.00 Thursday Session 7
25.4.2024 14.15 - 16.00 Thursday Session 8

Study materials

  • McCowan, T., & Unterhalter, E. (Eds.). (2021). Education and international development: An introduction. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Global Education Monitoring Report (2021). Non-state actors in Education: Who chooses? Who loses?
  • Research articles (core resources and optional resources provided for each module of the course)
  • Video-recorded briefs on research, trends, and challenges in education development by scholars in different contexts (Latin America, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa)


Grade 0-5. The course grade is given based on the completion of five assigned tasks. Passing the course requires you to fulfill the minimum requirements for each of the five tasks and to attend the online meetings (at least 7 out of 8 meetings).

Assessment will be made based on:

  • Three Individual tasks
  • Two group tasks

Assessment criteria

The course assessment comprises the completion and grading of the five assigned tasks in accordance with the set criteria. Three tasks will not be graded individually, and two tasks are graded numerically on a scale of 0-5.

Additional information

The maximum number of students is 60.

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

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