Global Perspectives in Higher Education: Race and Higher Education in Brazil
Locations: New York City; São Paulo, Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro
Dates in New York: Monday, August 6 to Thursday, August 9, classes meet each day 6:00-9:00 PM on Washington Square campus
Dates in Brazil: Earliest check-in for hotel in Salvador is Saturday morning, Aug 11 (most students leave NYC on Friday evening August 10); hotel check-out in Rio is Sunday, August 26.
Other meeting dates include course orientations in spring 2012 on Washington Sq Campus and a final class meeting after travel on a date to be arranged.
3 or 6 Credits. Offered through Department of Administration, Leadership and Technology
Course description: Examines globalization and higher education in Brazil with comparison to the US. Brazil has the largest higher education system in Latin America, and enrollments have undergone explosive growth over the last 20 years. We will begin with an historical overview then move to an analysis of contemporary issues. Students will gain an understanding of the variety of higher education institutions in Brazil (large/small, public/private/religious, etc.) and will become familiar with issues of internationalization in higher education, faculty and student mobility and 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.
We use race--itself a distinctively global phenomenon--as a main entry point into a comparative examination of the two countries' systems. In addition to other changes in funding and government oversight, universities in Brazil began to implement affirmative action policies in 2003, stoking enormous cultural, legal and education debates. The terms of the debate, the players, and the stakes are different in Brazil and the United States, but the intensity of the issue is high on both sides. This comparative examination seeks to elucidate the historical and cultural contingency of racial classification systems in both the US and Brazil and to analyze contemporary controversies and social implications in the globalization of higher education.
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 and 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 if and how this course may be applied towards their program requirements and degree completion.
Students enroll in three or six credits, as follows:
Global Perspectives in Higher Education: Brazil - HPSE-GE 2153 (3 credits)
plus optional Independent study - HPSE-GE 2300 (3 credits) which entails additional research and writing. Permission of instructor, Dr. Dietrich, 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, Department of Adminstration, Leadership and Technology, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. Read faculty bio.
Paulo da Silva, Program in International and Comparative Education, Teacher's College at Columbia 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 schedule meetings with political activists, NGOs, cultural visits, sightseeing and other activities to complement the academic program. Students can 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 Salvador and ends in Rio de Janeiro, so flights must arrive in Salvador and depart from Rio. Domestic airline bookings within Brazil, from Salvador to São Paulo and from São Paulo to Rio are booked centrally and covered in the course activity fee.
Passport: All program participants are required to have a valid passport, which must have an expiration date of "February 2013" 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.
2013 Graduate tuition: $1,367 per point, plus registration fees
2012 Housing/Activity Fee: $1600, 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; firstname.lastname@example.org
Academic Content: Dr. Erich Dietrich, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University. 82 Washington Square East, 5th floor, New York, NY 10003; (phone) 1-212-998-5263; email@example.com.