Education for Development: Aid, Policy and the Global Agenda

Module code: X4500E
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module is a 15 credit undergraduate module to be offered to Year 1 students in term 1, as part of an International Education & Development 60 credit Pathway.

This module introduces international education and development through three lenses. The module first examines why education is seen as important for development, drawing upon economic, rights based and socio cultural perspectives. It then examines the way education is measured and targets are set for development. The final section of the module introduces the international actors and political economy of delivering the education for all agenda.

The module provides grounding in education and international development, with a particular focus on the challenges facing resource-constrained and rapidly expanding educational systems. This will equip students with an understanding of the role of education in international development and develop critical, political and methodological perspectives.

Suggested topic:
Section 1: Education and development
Introduction to the field: the education and development relationship
Education for economic growth
Education, development and social equity
Gender and education for development
Citizenship, curriculum and identity

Section 2: Measuring Education For All
Changing patterns of educational access
Globalisation and educational reforms: educational quality
Education and social inclusion
Education and health in the global south

Section 3: Architecture of Education For All
Educational aid and the global agenda: International actors in the field
Teachers and teacher training in the Global South
Non-state providers of education

Module learning outcomes

  • Conceptualise the relationships between education and international development
  • Critically assess education indicators in developing country contexts
  • Understand the institutional architecture of Education for All