Minor in Global and Urban Education Studies

Global and Urban Education Studies Minor Course Descriptions

Course Offerings

HSED-UE 1005 Intro to International Education (4)
This survey course offers an introduction to the field of global education. Education in the 21st century is undoubtedly a central area for international collaboration as well as contestation. In this survey course, we will examine key debates about the role of education in national & international society, examining the multiple stake holders that work to improve education globally, & their diverse interpretations of that mandate. The course will introduce students to the history of mass education as a global phenomenon, & the comparative ways in which it is now studied. Students will examine both K-12 & higher education. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences

HSED-UE 610 Education and the American Dream (4)
The course will examine historical perspectives on the relationship between public schooling & the promotion of democratic ideals. Students will explore some of the central goals & purposes of American public education over the past two centuries, & the historiographical debates about those goals & purposes. In the second half of the course, students will the relationship between schooling & civic education, & between schooling & specific communities, in order to ask whether the goals of schooling might promote or contradict the goals of particular groups who seek to benefit from public education, & ways in which education does not promote democratic ideals Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences

HSED-UE 100 Global Culture Wars (4)
This course will examine the origins, development, & meanings of so-called cultural conflict in the United States. Topics will include abortion, gay rights, bilingualism, & the teaching of evolution in public schools. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Society & Social Sciences

PHED-UE 10 Learning & the Meaning of Life (4) (Satisfies Liberal Arts Core)
What is the most important thing to which I should be devoting my life? This course explores the existential concerns animating questions like this, ones that inspire our lifelong, liberal learning. It focuses on classic works in Western philosophy, literature, & film & examines them as texts of education. Class meetings will be devoted to a mix of lecture & discussion. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Texts & Ideas

HSED-UE 1028 Comparative Politics, Education, & Conflict  (4)
Explores the politics of civil conflict, peace-building, & the role of education in promising violence or peace. Explores the role of external actors (international organizations, bilateral donors, non governmental organizations), local actors (civil society associations, nationalist & ideological state factions), & their influence on education systems during was & emerging peace. Readings & discussion will focus on humanitarian action, human rights & development, nationalism & ethnic conflict, the political economy of post-conflict education, & the politics of promoting education in early reconstruction & peace-building. Case studies will include Afghanistan, Colombia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, & West Bank/Gaze, but students will be encouraged to explore cases of their choosing.

HSED-UE 1010 International Human Rights Activism/Education (4)
How do educators & activists spread messages about human rights? What might make them more likely to succeed? What are the ethical & political implications of using education as a tool for moral persuasion? Students will engage with these questions, as well as be introduced to the role of the United Nations, NGOs, & state governments in facilitating human rights education. Students will also engage critically with debates over whether the human rights system is an appropriate way to achieve justice in diverse contexts. Throughout the course, students will apply theory on human rights education & activism to real-life examples, as well as create their own advocacy campaign & lesson plan

PHED-UE 1016 Religion & Public Education in an International Context  (4)
The purpose of this course on religion & public education in an international context is for us to engage together in a critical analysis of what continues to be an important contemporary issue. The seminar is designed especially for students preparing for careers in teaching - in both public & private/religious schools, educational administration, educational research, or other professions which will involve them in the ongoing public debates about the uneasy relationship of religion & public education in the United States & other countries. The course will examine these issues historically & in terms of current policy debates & students will be asked to make connections to their own educational practice. Liberal Arts Core/MAP Equivalent - satisfies the requirement for Context & Cultures

SOED-UE 1015 Education as a Social Institution (3)
Part of the common pedagogical core, this course provides an introduction to the social foundations of education. The structure of education in terms of the rights & responsibilities of teachings, administrators, community members & policy makers in relation to the rest of the society are explored from both legal & sociological credits of view. Comparisons with education & schooling in other countries are made. The study of particular school & professional issues includes diversity, student variability, bilingualism, & special education in terms of their effects on policy, practice, & student & teacher rights.

SOED-UE 1050 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Topics in Education (3)
This course focuses on LGBT experiences, with an emphasis on schools & young people. The course helps students develop vocabulary & general understanding of LGBT identities, particularly as they are depicted through sexual identity development models & popular coming out narratives. Students will apply social theory to coming out narratives to gain a critical perspective on how LGBT identities are produced. Students will also examine how schools have responded to sexual & gender diversity, paying particular attention to obstacles & potential solutions to create inclusive educational environments for LGBT people.