ELP 575 Education and Globalization

Globalization has become a buzzword in the 21st century when complex economic, cultural, political, and educational forces propel nations and citizens to think globally and act locally. What is globalization? How is education affected by major global developments, including neoliberalism, privatization, policy borrowing and lending, gender mainstreaming, post/neo-colonialism, war and conflict, (im)migration, mobilization of elitism, among others? What are the roles of the state, local communities, and non-governmental agencies in shaping educational policy, practice, and outcome? To what extent can we study education and schooling internationally and cross-culturally? How do students from different cultures interact with different education systems and what are the global comparative perspectives of the ways their race, ethnicity, gender, (dis)ability, and class intersect with educational opportunity and achievement? Drawing on scholarship in education, anthropology, sociology, and development studies, this course aims to help students make sense of the multi-faceted phenomenon of globalization and examine key global themes and issues that affect education around the world. Students will be provided with opportunities to reflect and analyze their own educational system in relation to these themes and issues.