Education in a globalised world: comparing systems internationally

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Many economies believe there is a significant link between education and national economic success. In this course you will have the opportunity to compare the importance of education in a global context as you find out more about the historical, cultural and political influences on different educational systems and what students need to know and be able to do in local contexts to be successful.

The course aims to provide you with an overview of Scottish Education and to critical reflection on different educational practices.

There is a focus on education in action, with visits to a selection of local schools at kindergarten, elementary and secondary levels to observe teaching in Scotland first hand. The observations will be complemented by focused input from the University of Glasgow’s expert academic staff and guided discussion with multicultural group members. The aim of this course is to provide an overview of education in global and local contexts, and to reflect critically on different educational practices.

You will consider how different issues, for example, technology, social, economic and cultural change impact on educational systems. You will also gain a wider intercultural vision of education through observations, reflection, dialogue and the systematic comparison with the Scottish education system that you will experience first-hand. Alongside the experiential learning, the course will engage you in a range of important background topics in education

  • including the purposes of education,
  • comparing the relationship between education and society,
  • education systems and practices internationally,
  • inclusive pedagogy,
  • global citizenship and literacy and numeracy across the curriculum

all set against the innovative policies and practices covered by the University of Glasgow’s highly ranked teacher education programmes.


100% Essay in which you take an aspect of the course and do a comparative study.

Throughout the course the you have opportunities to present and get formative feedback on their assignment topic. 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent)
  • you should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5
  • or equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more

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What will you learn?

The key themes of this course include:

  • different educational theories focusing on teaching and learning in a multicultural world,
  • local educational responses to the pressures and opportunities of globalisation,
  • inclusive education and global citizenship.

By the end of this course you will be able to

  • reflect critically on different educational systems;
  • critically analyse practices in Scottish schools;
  • demonstrate understanding of the way educational theory informs practice;
  • articulate a comparison between the Scottish education system and one other.