Course Spotlight: Internationalizing Curriculum

Internationalizing education means both education internationalizing our thinking and the ways we perceive the world, and internationalizing the field of education. The course will introduce students to various educational systems around the world, focusing on similarities and dissimilarities in what is taught. The course discussions will center on curriculum across cultures, and its relation to political systems and religions to build an understanding of diversity in societies and schools. The topics will include local and indigenous knowledge; the role of international agencies in comparing nation’s school systems; immigrations and the changing borders of society and cultures in the curriculum; questions of sexuality and gender diversity; and diversity of families and social exclusions and inequalities in elementary and secondary schools. International and local speakers with multiple perspectives will be invited to explore issues of education as well as international opportunities for its study. The class is organized as a seminar to cultivate critical thinking.

C&I 366: Internationalizing Educational Knowledge
3 credits
Mondays 4:00-6:30PM, 468 Teacher Education Bldg.
Spring 2019

Professor Thomas Popkewitz’s studies are concerned with the knowledge or systems of reason that govern educational policy and research related to pedagogy and teacher education. His research includes historical, ethnographic, and comparative studies of national educational reforms and the education sciences in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Southern Africa, and the US. He has written or edited approximately 30 books and over 200 articles in journals and as book chapters.

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