What does it mean to speak of 'postcolonial education'?
Can a society actually be 'over-educated'?
Why are international financial institutions involved in education policymaking?
Does human rights education really improve human rights?
What is 'participatory' about participatory development?
How might we reconceptualize both 'development' and 'education'?
If you have ever asked yourself these questions, then EdPA 8101--International Development and Education--may be the class for you. In this graduate-level seminar, we will examine different theoretical frameworks used to explain how education can influence economic, political, and social development, and we will apply these frameworks to real-world case studies. We will also explore the workings of institutions involved in educational development at the local, national, and international levels and engage in debates about foreign aid, development expertise, and the future of the fields of international education and international development.
The course is designed for graduate students with some background in international education or development studies who plan to work as administrators, policy analysts, or researchers in educational institutions and/or development organizations. It will requires the active participation of all class members through discussions, presentations, and debates with assessment is based on the quality of engagement with course material, the completion of analytical essays, and a final paper that requires the application of theory to practice.
If interested, please contact the professor, Frances Vavrus* for the permission code needed to register for the class (vavru003(at)umn.edu). The class will meet on Thursdays from 9:45 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
*Recipient of the 2011 Robert Beck Faculty Teaching Award in the College of Education and Human Development