Course Descriptions

TitleInternational and Comparative Education

This course provides an overview of major concepts, methods and current debates in international and comparative education. Among the issues discussed will be gender, race, class, language, socio-political and economic structures, and their relationship to the schooling process. Particular attention will be placed on the development of the field and to the styles of social analysis, which may be applied to comparative and crossnational studies in education, such as the exploration of the relationship between education, culture and society in a global context. The course emphasizes comparative policy studies in education, including studies on globalization and policy borrowing/lending. Each time the course is offered it will address specific issues (e.g., comparative and international education in the Spanish speaking world) in international educational development as well as comparative studies that analyze teaching and learning in different national contexts