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EQ203-15 Globalisation and Education

Education Studies
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Michael Wyness
Credit value
Module duration
10 weeks
100% coursework
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module will explore models, concepts and themes relating to the globalisation of education. In particular, there are two general trends outlined and critically examined with reference to globalisation.

The first overarching theme is the idea of globalisation as a process of global standardisation. The module will pick up on a number of debates and issues relating to how attempts have been made to homogenise education globally, or at least move towards more universal provision at a number of different levels. This will involve analyses of the political and economic dimensions of globalisation as it affects education including the involvement of supra-national organisations, NGOs, and nation states.

The second dominant theme is the emphasis on global diversity. Attempts at globalising education come up against political and cultural obstacles. The second half of the module will focus more on trends and cases of education and schooling that highlight the diversity of provision, and practices within education. The sessions will refer to global and national policy contexts where relevant, as well as pick up on novel attempts to provide education and schooling in contexts of political and economic adversity.

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Module aims

To develop a deeper understanding of globalisation as it applies to education

To critically examine trends towards the global spread of mass compulsory education

To focus on the global diversity of approaches to schooling
To provide a knowledge base within which students are able to compare and contrast different education systems

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Indicative content:

globalisation: a conceptual discussion

education and schooling as global standards

global trends in the eary years

the student as a global citizen

global diversity -obstacles and differences

child labour and schooling

Possible case studies
Schooling and 'left behind' Children in China

the introduction of early years education in Ghana Children, politics and education in South Africa the rise of faith schools civil war and the fractured provision of schooling children, schooling and the AIDS pandemic
Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Students will develop an informed understanding of the nature of education in a global context and be able to compare and contrast education systems in different countries.
Indicative reading list

Ritzer, G. (2010). Globalization – A Basic Text, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford
McMahon, M. (2009) Internation Education: Educating for a Global Future, Dunedin
Hevener Kaufman, N and Rizzini, I. (eds) (2002) Globalization and children: exploring potentials for enhancing opportunities in the lives of children and youth, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers
J. Boyden and M. Bourdillon (eds) (2012) Childhood Poverty: Multi-Disciplinary Approaches, Basingstoke: Blackwell
Fenton, Steve (1999) Ethnicity – Racism, Class and Culture, Basingstoke, MacMillan
Faas, D. et al (2014) Intercultural education in Europe: policies, practices and trends, British Educational Research Journal, 40, 2 pp: 300-18.
Brooks, R. and Waters, J. (2011) Student Mobilities, Migration and the Internationalisation of Higher Education, Palgrave
Adams L. and Krova A. (2009) Global Migration and Education, Palgrave
Bourdillon, M. (2006) Children and work: a review of current literature and debates, Development and Change, 37, 6, pp: 1201-1226
Tsegaye, S. (2009) Orphanhood in Africa: Old Problems and New Faces, African Child Policy Forum

View reading list on Talis Aspire

Subject specific skills

Students should demonstrate a critical understanding of -

the complexity of the interaction between learning and local and global contexts, and the extent to which participants (including learners and teachers) can influence the learning process

theories, practice and research in the area of education.

the significance of the cultural, historical and contemporary features of various policies, institutions and agencies in regard to childhood

the interrelationships between political, economic, cultural and ideological contexts in the lives of children and their families and communities as it relates to education and globalisation

Transferable skills

A number of skills are developed in this module. They include

  • Analysis and decision making
  • Cognitive flexibility
  • Communication skills
  • Complex problem solving
  • Confidence
  • Coordinating with others
  • Creativity
  • Critical thinking
  • Data handling
  • Initiative and also follow instructions
  • Intellectual ability
  • International cultural awareness
  • Interpersonal and communication
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Management of learning

Study time

Type Required Optional
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)
Seminars 10 sessions of 2 hours (13%)
Tutorials (0%) 1 session of 15 minutes
Private study 120 hours (80%)
Total 150 hours
Private study description

Independent study hours include background reading, completing reading/other tasks in preparation for timetabled teaching sessions, undertaking research using the library resources, follow-up reading work, working on individual and group projects, the completion of formative and summative assignments, revision


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A
Weighting Study time
Exam Week 100%

This assessment will take the form of an 'Exam Week'. In a specified week after the teaching on the module has finished, students will answer a series of questions in essay form (working to a maximum overall word limit). The questions will be made available on the Monday morning and students will have until the Friday afternoon to complete the assessment. The module leader will confirm the exact specification of this assessment once the module teaching begins.

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This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of UEQA-X35B Undergraduate Education Studies

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 2 of UPSA-C804 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies