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Education in Developing Countries: Politics and Policy

Minor: Sustainable Development in Developing Countries

Course: Education in developing countries: politics and policy

(5 EC; 2nd quartile)

Taught by: CHEPS (Center for Higher Education Policy Studies)

Description

Knowledge, as a product of education and research, is a critical ingredient for the development of societies.

This module will focus on the contemporary educational challenges and dilemmas faced by developing and transition countries in their efforts to catch up with the wealthier nations in the world. To that end a review will be given of problems, underlying theories, history, trends and issues relating to education in developing countries and the key actors that play a role. The course aims to relate to the current debates that focuses on how education could or should contribute to sustainable development and why education in some (parts of) societies has not led to economic and social prosperity.

Themes

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Roles that education can have for society; goals and alternatives in education policy

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Key goals: Education For All, Millennium Development Goals and Education for Growth

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Basic education, vocational education, and tertiary education: the lessons of experience

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Resource allocation: Who pays, who benefits, what works?

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The role of education, research and technology in poverty reduction and catching up strategies

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Development cooperation: Doing good or Doing better

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Globalization, education & development: the new development compact and the role of international organisations

Lecture format

This course will be offered in the second quartile of the academic calendar. Class meetings consist of lectures, discussions, group work, presentations by students and (possibly) some guest lectures. The course is taught in English.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student:

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Has an understanding of various theoretical perspectives and key concepts regarding education and development

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Has gained insights in the social, political and structural context of education in developing countries

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Is aware of the historical and contemporary educational issues and trends in developing countries and on education reforms

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Is able to participate in the discussion about the role of education in development

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Is prepared for field work and individual research on the role of education in (sustainable) development

How the course fits in the Minor Sustainable Development in Developing Countries

The course Education in Developing Countries: Politics and Policy is part of the Minor Sustainable Development in Developing Countries:

Version

Module 1

(5 ECTS)

Fundamentals of Sustainable Development

Module 2

(5 ECTS)

Practice of Project Work

Module 3

(5 ECTS)

Education in Developing Countries: Politics and Policy

Module 4

(5 ECTS)

Writing a Paper

Module 5

(15 ECTS)

Field Work

Total study load

A

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20

B

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25

C (offered from 2011 onwards)

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30

Module 4 (Writing a paper) requires students to write a paper based on any of the topics covered by the previous modules of the Minor. This paper can be about issues related to Education and Development.

More information

Dr. Ben Jongbloed (CHEPS, School of Management & Governance/MB),

tel. 489 3212  email: b.w.a.jongbloed@utwente.nl

Website:

http://www.utwente.nl/majorminor/ and click on: Geïnstitutionaliseerde Minors.