Global Perspectives in Higher Education: Race and Higher Education in Brazil
Locations: New York City; São Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Course Dates in Brazil: August 3 - 23, 2014
Other meeting dates include course orientations in spring 2014 on Washington Sq Campus and a final class meeting after travel on a date to be arranged.
3 Credits. Offered through Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology
Course description: This course seeks to analyze the historical and cultural contingency of race-based affirmative action policies in Brazil and to analyze the broader contemporary controversies and social implications of the globalization of higher education.
Brazil has the largest (and by most measures, best) higher education system in Latin America, and enrollments have undergone explosive growth over the last 20 years. We begin with an historical overview then move to an analysis of contemporary issues. Students gain an understanding of the variety of higher education institutions in Brazil (federal and state public institutions, private non-profit and private for-profit universities, etc.) and become familiar with issues of internationalization in higher education, faculty and student mobility, research in a global context, variation among public versus private universities and their economic structures, the role of foreign university partnerships, and other higher education issues.
As a major focus, we use race--an extremely context-dependent ideology--as a main entry point into an examination of Brazilian higher education. Brazil began to implement affirmative action policies in 2003, stoking enormous cultural, legal and education debates. At the same time, there were also huge changes in funding and government oversight at universities. The terms of the debates around access to higher education are different in Brazil and the United States, and the stakes and stakeholders are different, but the intensity of the issue is very high.
NYU Graduate Students: Open to graduate students from a variety of academic programs including Higher Education, International Education, Latin American Studies, and other areas.
NYU Undergraduates: Qualified upper-level undergraduates (seniors with 96+ earned credits) with related course work may be considered but will require approval from the faculty director as well as their advisor.
Non-NYU Students: Qualified graduate students from other universities are encouraged to apply. Please refer to the directions for "Non-NYU Students" on the "How To Apply" page.
*Note to All Applicants: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine whether and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.
Students enroll in three credits as follows: Global Perspectives in Higher Education: Brazil - HPSE-GE 2153 (3 credits).
Students prepared to do additional, independent research outside of the course meeting times may complete an optional independent study - HPSE-GE 2300 (3 credits) which entails significant research and writing. Permission of instructor and advisor is required for registration in the independent study.
Important Note: All program applicants are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to determine if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion
To review a sample syllabus, click here: 2011 Course Syllabus
To review a sample daily itinerary, click here: 2011 Itinerary
Dr. Erich Dietrich, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Read faculty bio.
Students will visit a variety of public and private universities, colleges and other higher education institutions in São Paulo, Rio de Janiero and Salvador da Bahia. We will also hold meetings with political activists, NGOs, and cultural visits. The program will include sightseeing and other activities to complement the academic program. Students use free time for research and cultural activities.
Flight: Students purchase their own international travel to coincide with program dates. Please note that the course begins in São Paulo and ends in Rio de Janeiro, so flights must arrive in São Paulo and depart from Rio. Domestic airline bookings within Brazil, from São Paulo Salvador and from São Paulo to Rio are booked centrally (not by the student) and cost is included in the course activity fee.
Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must have an expiration date of "February 2015" or later.
Visa: Tourist visas are required for all US Citizens in order to enter Brazil. Click here for visa application information. Citizens of other countries may or may not need a visa. Please check with the Brazilian consulate for details.
2014 Graduate Tuition: $1,422 per point plus registration and services fees
2014 Housing/Activity Fee: $2300, which includes hotel accommodations (double occupancy, two persons per room), breakfast every day, your domestic flights within Brazil, local transportation to/from site visits, cultural/scholarly event costs, and two group dinners.
Students purchase their own international flights and cover most lunches and dinners and all personal expenses.
For More Information
Program Administration: Office of Academic Initiatives and Global Programs, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University, 82 Washington Square East, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003; (phone) 1-212-992-9380; (fax) 1-212-995-4923; email@example.com
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