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While the idea of global governance has a long history, international organizations and agendas have become increasingly entwined with the reform of education systems around the world, notably through processes of measurement and standardisation. This course aims to give students an in-depth understanding of key issues in the related fields of global governance and education policy. Drawing on readings from a variety of sources, students will develop their knowledge of the history of global governance, the roles and interactions of influential actors, contemporary agendas and the major theories used to interpret the dynamics of power, continuity and change. Questioning the portrayal of policymaking as a rational and evidence-based process, students will be encouraged to explore and evaluate relevant theories of the policy process, applying them to analyze reforms from multiple perspectives and with attention to global issues, agendas and discourses. Particular attention will be given to so-called global education policies, travelling reforms, and the growing role of private organizations in education governance. The course will explore these issues and more as we try to understand one of the most challenging educational endeavors of our time - how can we organize a world of many worlds to create a better world for all - offering an opportunity to apply and reflect on their knowledge of educational and social thought and contribute to debates regarding global issues in education, including where we are heading and how to get there.