International Peacebuilding and the Role of Education
This course explores how state and non-state actors pursue peace and security and the role that education plays in this process. The course examines the various tools of international peacebuilding, writ large, including peace agreements, peacekeeping forces, institution building, and humanitarian aid, and specific education initiatives, such as Education for All, and programs related to peace education, citizenship education, and refugee education. The ways education may be used to disrupt peacebuilding are also discussed.
Politics, Education, and Conflict
This seminar course explores the politics of civil conflict, peacebuilding, and the role of education in promoting violence or peace. Specifically, it examines the role of external actors (international organizations, bilateral donors, nongovernmental organizations), local actors (civil society associations, nationalist and ideological state factions), and their influence on education systems during war and emerging peace. Course themes include humanitarian action, human rights and development, nationalism and ethnic conflict and the politics of promoting education in early reconstruction and peacebuilding.
Political Issues in International Education
Drawing from political science and comparative and international education, this course analyzes the ways in which education is connected to micro-level attitudes and behaviors and to macro-level social processes such as democratization, peace, conflict, and development around the world. Based in theory, research, and current events, the course interrogates prevailing common-sense notions of education and explores the different ways that education has been understood to contribute to social change.
Qualitative Research Methods
This course provides an intensive introduction to qualitative methods used in comparative education and the social sciences in international settings. It includes training in research design (e.g., ethnography, case studies), data collection methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews; observations), and analysis most commonly associated with qualitative research.
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