EDU 295 Global Perspectives on Education

Education can be a tool for promoting world peace, contributing to poverty reduction, and fostering equality. It can also be used to reify difference, reinforce hierarchy, and devalue local knowledge. In this course, we will investigate differences in education systems worldwide, examine and evaluate transnational education projects, and consider the role that supranational entities such as the World Bank and UNESCO play in promoting educational change. We will also ask whether and how legitimate comparison of educational systems across national contexts is possible. This class will focus primarily on countries of the Global South, but student interests will influence countries used in case studies.