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Perspectives on International Education

Module titlePerspectives on International Education
Module codeEFPM912
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Dr George Koutsouris (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

People often talk about the fact that we live in a global society with more linkages to elsewhere in the world than ever before and greater connectivity and mobility. But what does it mean to live in a global society? How is education manifested and what role does it play in this? These are the key questions which you will critically explore as part of your studies on this module. The module will offer you a unique opportunity to consider education in terms of its local, national and international dimensions, as well as to explore the linkages (i.e. local-global connections). Your study will involve critical examination of a wide range of economic, cultural, political and environmental factors which considered to shape, and be shaped by, education. There are no pre-requisites for this module.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The principal aims of this module are:

  • To enable you to explore, and build a sound knowledge base, from which to critically evaluate a selection of key global educational issues
  • To explore these leading issues from a cross-national and cross-cultural perspective
  • To introduce you to a range of theories, methodologies and research projects which are considered central to international education and to critically evaluate their use
  • To encourage you to critically consider the role which education might play in creating a more just, equitable and sustainable world
  • To offer you the opportunity to examine the linkages, fragmentations and tensions which might exist in a global society and to consider the ramifications which these might have for education
  • To enable you the opportunity to explore the links between your own local education system (including processes, policies and practices) and those of different societies across the world

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate sound understanding of the theories and methodologies which have underpinned the study of education in a global society
  • 2. Demonstrate ability to understand and critically consider the diverse range of economic, cultural, political and environmental policies, practices and perspectives which inform education, both locally and globally

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Demonstrate ability to compare and contrast education systems from a range of different national contexts and to draw sound conclusions from related empirical research about their potential similarities and differences
  • 4. Apply a systematic approach to the synthesis and analysis of ideas in relation to the field of international education

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Construct organised, structured, critically reflective and analytic writing
  • 6. Synthesise and organise ideas to present an argument, demonstrating critical and analytic thinking
  • 7. Undertake both directed and independent study to recognise, justify and analyse key ideas in the literature and relate these to research, theory, policy and practice

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover the following topics:

  • Education for global citizenship
  • Discourses of globalisation
  • Approaches to education in diverse countries/contexts
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Conflict and violence
  • Human rights
  • Marginalisation
  • International agencies and their role in global education
  • Non-formal education
  • Questions of quality in global education
  • Gender
  • Education for sustainability
  • Global policy
  • Culture and cross-cultural perspectives
  • Curriculum
  • The nation and national development
  • Politics and policy

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3030 hours of lectures and/or seminars
Guided Independent Study50Set reading
Guided Independent Study120Directed study e.g. web-based activities; preparing for academic tutorial; preparing for seminars; responding to seminar activities; collaborative group tasks
Guided Independent Study100Preparation for assignments and further independent reading


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Written essay1,500 words3-6Written tutor feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Contribution to online activities5500 words2,4Written tutor feedback
Written essay452,500 words3,4,5,6,7Written tutor feedback
Written essay503,000 words1-7Written tutor feedback


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Contribution to online activitiesContribution to online activities (1,000 words)2,46 weeks
Written essayWritten essay (2,500 words)3-5, 6-76 weeks
Written essayWritten essay (3,000 words)1-76 weeks


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Rivzi, F, and Lingard, B. (2010) Globalizing Education Policy. London: Routledge.

Carney, S. (2009). Negotiating policy in an age of globalization: Exploring educational “policyscapes” in Denmark, Nepal, and China. Comparative Education Review 53.1: 63–68.

DfES (2005) Developing a Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, London: DfES.

Whitty, G. and Furlong, J. (2017) Knowledge and the Study of Education: an international comparison. Oxford: Oxford Studies in Comparative Education, Symposium.

Phillips, D. & Schweisfurth, M. (2014) Comparative and International Education: an introduction to theory, method, and practice, 2nd edition. London; New York: Bloomsbury

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Key words search

Global, Education, International, Policy, Comparative Education, Local

Credit value30
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