SED Distance Education Offering

AP680: Education Policy in International Perspective (4 credits)

Viewing education and education policy in international perspective is increasingly important. Nations have much to learn from one another about ensuring the rights of immigrants and minorities in education, providing quality education for all students, and promoting human rights through education. Additionally, an understanding of different perspectives of educational policy helps the international community as it works to ensure that social justice and access to quality education is prioritized in all nations. This course explores education policy by surveying the social, legal, and political issues that affect education in both developed and developing nations, including the role of institutions like UNESCO and the World Bank. It is intended for students from a range of
cultural backgrounds and experiences in the field of education, and from countries around the world. In this course, students will cultivate and employ a comparative perspective that will enhance their understanding of the issues that educators and administrators face in their professional and academic lives, and that the international community, as a whole, must consider to improve education for students around the world. In addition to coursework, students are expected to engage in an online dialogue with one another focused on issues presented in the course and to submit a final project that explores the themes presented in the course in relation to a specific country or locality.

Pre-requisites: Students enrolled in this course should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent. Students are not required to be, but may be, enrolled in a BU degree program to participate; the course carries credit toward a graduate degree.

Topics Covered:
1. Schools in Context
2. Race and education
3. Ethnicity, immigration, and education
4. Language and education
5. Families and schools
6. Religion and religious controversies
7. Teacher Rights
8. Student Rights
9. Accountability for educational outcomes
10. Educational freedom and school autonomy
11. National and International Education Law

Contact: Professor Charles Glenn glennsed@bu.edu