Postgraduate taught 

Educational Studies MSc

Education and International Development EDUC5911

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an introduction to the field of education in international development for people interested in the study of education in the Global South. Participants will learn to apply conceptual tools from main development theories (modernization, dependency, neoliberalism, post-colonialism and capabilities) to current debates in international education, particularly those related to poverty eradication, gender and ethnic inequalities, youth, conflict, citizenship and community development. The course presents major strategies and initiatives (e.g. EFA, SDGs, SABER) of various international organizations and agencies (e.g., UNESCO, World Bank, UNICEF, DFID, NGOs) and attempts to highlight, from a critical perspective, the logic of donors, the rationale for external assistance and how different theories of education and development influence educational programmes and practice at international, national and local level.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





The participation in a public debate in class around one of the topics of the course (between week 10 and 11) will comprise 30% of the final grade. In the summative assessment consisting of a 3000 - 3500 word essay students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to critically analyse one education policy reform from an international development perspective. 70% of the final mark will be based on this assignment.

Course Aims

■ To create knowledge of and appreciation for the importance of education in international development.

■ To develop a more thorough understanding of the economic, social, and political dimensions of educational development.

■ To familiarize participants with a variety of development theories (modernization, dependency, neoliberalism, post-colonialism and capabilities) and their implications for education in the Global South.

■ To encourage students to critically assess and analyse the successes and failures of different actors in the field of education and international development.

■ To stimulate interest in further study of education in the Global South and awareness of the ethical implications of doing work in the development field.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate awareness of key debates in international education, particularly those concerning the involvement of cooperation and aid agencies, global philanthropists and for-profit companies.

■ Critically analyse, from a social justice perspective, the influence of global agendas and programmes on educational development in the Global South.  

■ To apply the course content in individual and group assignments on education and international development related topics.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.