Module Code
Module Title
Module Synopsis
This course considers key features, and the associated issues and challenges, of the contemporary global context in which education is situated, and some leading global and educational responses to these features and associated issues. The course aims to develop a critical perspective in students that is mindful of and responsive to the contemporary global context in which education is situated. Key global issues – frequently the consequence of globalization and its associated technologies – addressed in the course include: over-population, urbanization, consumerism, environmental destruction and climate change; neoliberalism, poverty and inequality; migration, refugees and resurgent nationalism; surveillance and authoritarian states; health and morbidity; and social media and its consequences. Among the leading global and educational responses considered are: the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals; education for sustainable development, global citizenship and planetary stewardship; learning to live together, inclusion, and the ethics of care. Students will consider these and other responses as means to address the challenges discussed in the earlier part of the course, and the role that education can play in contributing to a better future. Through sustained engagement with these challenges that face educators today, the course aims to enable students to understand better the contemporary global context of education, and thence to be able to make more thoughtful, responsible and better informed decisions in their educational research and practice. A principal objective of the course is that students should develop a theoretical point of view informing their research and practice that is integrated, consistent, and morally and practically defensible.