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KINT 4795 - Education for Development

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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None. Diverse student backgrounds -- in history, philosophy, political science, economics, sociology, art -- will provide interdisciplinary opportunities for cross-fertilization and mutual enrichment.

Course Description

Education is a politically sensitive topic worldwide. Exchanges between individuals can be passionate, and strong opinions often depend on educational levels, world views and personal experiences. The values held by a society determine its education policies, and how that society sets education goals and implements policies ultimately determines its future. This course explores some of the complex relationships between philosophical outlook, societal goals, political governance, economic framework and education policy. This is a rich mix to try and untangle, but at the end of the course, the student should be able to understand the underpinnings of education policy and have the analytical tools to personally engage in policy discussions and influence decisions.


STEIER, Francis (Professor)

Pedagogical format

There will be 12 two-hour class meetings. Each will include lectures (by instructor, and in some cases student teams - see below). Emphasis will be given to class participation and interaction, and shared learning among students. Depending on availability, guest speakers may occasionally be invited as well.

Course validation

The overall grade will have three components: - Class participation (10%) ; - Team project (45%) ; - At home final exam: (45%). For the Team Project students will form groups of three. Each team will be responsible for a 30 to 45 minutes presentation to the class on a given topic, and for the class discussion to follow. The topic will be selected from a list given on week #1 (see Annex 1), and a team may also propose an original topic. With guidance from the instructor, the project will simulate real-life professional situations of working as a team to research a topic of particular interest, then prepare and deliver the presentation to the class. The final exam will take place at home, at a given date and time, and last two hours. Composed of a combination of mandatory and choice questions, it will test the student's knowledge of basic facts and concepts covered during the semester, as well as simulate real life situations of having to prepare policy briefs and plan meetings under tight deadlines.

Required reading

Please see course outline

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