Introduction to International Development Education

Introduction to International Development Education
Major concepts and research in educational aspects of poverty alleviation and human development. Role of education as foundation of poverty alleviation, expanding human capabilities, and for promoting national development.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 ProgramsContaining EDLF 362
Course Outcomes

Education a powerful tool for enlarging opportunity freedom, eliminating inequalities, and for overcoming poverty and other disadvantages.

Education is a powerful tool for creating opportunities, eliminating inequalities, and enabling people to overcome poverty and other disadvantages. Educational development and poverty reduction are, therefore, integrally linked issues in comparative and international education and development research. Students will understand how governments, international governmental organizations (IGOs), international non-governmental organizations (INGOs), and other institutions create as right-holders can create educational opportunities and support educational systems that develop leadership and foster learning and creativity for all people?

These questions and other outcomes explored in this course will enable students to:

  • Introduce students to the complexities of the reservoir of diverse intellectual ideas and traditions in education;
  • Articulate these understandings in making more thoughtful, responsible and better informed decisions in their own research and practice, and in their own reading and use of research in the field;
  • Understand issues of equity and equality of educational opportunities and outcomes for differently situated social groups, especially those who historically have been most discriminated against;
  • Synthesize the knowledge and discussions regarding the concept of education in poverty and human development, so as to inform their definition, draw on the extensive policy and academic literatures available to propose relationships between the multidemsionalities of poverty and five related concepts: educational poverty, rights in education and right to education, human rights, and well-being and happiness;
  • Acquire a critical methodology that should prepare students for second cycle studies as well as for making contribution as mid-level policy-makers in agencies or practitioners in NGOs.

Theoretical understanding of IDE

Become aware of key theoretical concepts and different understandings on education and development, and the significance of human rights mainstreaming as a pillar in disciplinary and professional divide.

Critical examination of development architectures

Examine strengths and weaknesses of development architectures--particularly in relation to key problems and issues like poverty, exclusion, gender, empowerment and dignity, sustainability, capabilities and functioning and human rights. Learn to question the "Washington Consensus" wisdom and existing systems, structures, and models are working and, if not, what might work instead.