Postgraduate taught 

International & Comparative Education MSc

Education and International Development EDUC5911

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Education
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting 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 policy globally. Participants will learn to apply conceptual tools from main development theories (neoliberalism, post-colonialism and capabilities) to current debates in international education, particularly those related to access to education, gender and ethnic inequalities, youth, conflict, citizenship and employment. The course presents major strategies and initiatives (e.g. SDGs) of various international organizations and agencies (e.g., UNESCO, World Bank, OECD, 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.



Excluded Courses





Assessment is organized around four online formative learning opportunities that culminate in one piece of summative assessment (4000 words essay, 100% of the grade) where students will critically analyse an education policy reform of their choice from a global development perspective.

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 (neoliberalism, post-colonialism and capabilities) and their implications for education policy globally.

■ 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 policy globally 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 education policy globally.

■ 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 an essay as course's summative assessment.