MA in International Education

Course Descriptions

*This list is meant as a guide only.

Foundations in International Education Theories

INTE-GE 2803 Foundations of International Education - 4 points
Multidisciplinary examination of seminal concepts of modernization and global analysis, and their application to education. Focus is on the mission of international education as interpreted by various exponents in different cultural contexts, and the underlying theoretical assumptions and models of modernization that inform development projects undertaken by organizations such as the UN Development Program, the World Bank, the Council of Europe, and the US Agency for International Development.

INTE-GE 2023 Socio-anthropological Approaches to International Education- 4 points
Sociological and anthropological examinations of the interrelation between society, culture and education in various national and local settings. Examines culture and education, across and within pluralistic communities: namely, the tension between universalism, relativism, and multiculturalism, and issues of ‘race’, gender/sexual orientation, ethnicity/linguistic group affiliations. Explores how culture and social relations influence behavior, personality, norms, and values, and how these shape relationships between individuals, groups and institutions within and across societies.

INTE-GE 2025 Political Issues in International Education - 4 points
Drawing from political science and comparative and international education, this course analyzes the ways in which education is connected to micro-level attitudes and behaviors and to macro-level social processes such as democratization, peace, conflict, and development around the world. Based in theory, research, and current events, the course interrogates prevailing common-sense notions of education and explores the different ways that education has been understood to contribute to social change.

Research Methods

INTE-GE 2007 Qualitative Methods in International Education - 4 points
This course provides an intensive introduction to qualitative methods used in comparative education and the social sciences in international settings. It includes training in research design (e.g., ethnography, case studies), data collection methods (e.g., semi-structured interviews; observations), and analysis most commonly associated with qualitative research.

INTE-GE 2008 Quantitative Methods in International Education - 4 points
This course serves as an introduction to the analytic and empirical methodologies employed in contemporary quantitative analyses of international, comparative, and US education. Across various sub-fields and topics covered in this class, this course will emphasize thoughtful consumption of literature that uses quantitative methods, a basic understanding of the statistics and theory behind different methods, and application of common statistical techniques

Electives: Fields of Specialization in International Education

INTE-GE 2009 The Practice of Study Abroad and International Student Services - 3 points
Course examines the practice of education abroad and international student services in higher education. Topics include the historical development and current state of the field, an analysis of various types of study abroad programs and innovative programs that involve “outbound” student mobility, assessment of study abroad programs, international student flows into the United States, international student recruitment, visa and immigration services, support structures for international students, and the transition from education to work for international students.

INTE-GE 2028 Comparative Politics, Education, and Conflict – 3 points
This seminar explores the political and sociological dynamics of conflict and post-conflict regions, cross-border political violence movements, and their influence on education systems. Specifically, it examines the role of external actors (international organizations, bilateral donors, nongovernmental organizations), local actors (civil society associations, nationalist and ideological state factions), and their influence on education systems during war and emerging peace.

INTE-GE 2173 Contemporary International Relations: Peace and Security Education - 3 points
How do international relations illuminate the role of education in building peace and security? This course focuses on peace studies, education for democracy, and citizenship education. It draws on realist and idealist approaches in international relations to analyze key current events, defensive strategies, and their impact on policies intended to lessen military confrontation.

HSED-GE 2173 History of American Education and Society: Education and the Culture Wars - 3 points
Examination of the "culture wars" in American public education over the past century, focusing on battles over religion, race and ethnicity. Looks at how and why the school curriculum became an arena of cultural conflict. Emphasis on historical scholarship and analysis to clarify present-day disputes and dilemmas.

INTE-GE 2545 Immigration and Education - 3 points
Contemporary (im)migration is a global phenomenon that shapes populations and notions of inequality. This course serves as an introduction to different theoretical and empirical scholarship on the role of education in the social adaptation on ("im)migrants, and how race/ethnicity, social class, and gender matter.

INTE-GE 2804 International Educational and Cultural Relations - 3 points
This course examines the nature of various forms of “soft power” or public diplomacy as an aspect of international relations. It focuses on the roots of public diplomacy in the US and it examines the tools available to governments and institutions to influence public opinion and promote desired images abroad. In this context, we will examine educational and cultural exchange, propaganda, security, and the media.

INTE-GE 2805 Globalization and Education - 3 points
Examine conceptual and empirical work on the social, cultural, and economic aspects of globalization and their implications for the field of education. Looks at the increasing de-territorialization of cultural formations, the emergence of global markets along with the post-nationalization of the production and distribution of goods and services, new information communications technologies, and worldwide population movements.

INTE-GE 2806 The Practice of International Education – 3 points
Practices and applications of the various areas of international education at the tertiary level in the United States. Key areas in the field will be examined such as: international student and scholar services; study abroad; international admissions; institutional linkages; development; and protocol

INTE-GE 2809 International Studies in Human Rights Education - 3 points
Examination of international human rights standards and principles, using case studies to analyze violations of basic rights and human rights programs. Emphasis is on the role of international and local NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in the human rights movement, and the role of education in promoting human rights. Considers different approaches to teaching human rights in both formal and non-formal educational settings.

INTE-GE 2811 The Global Curriculum: Internationalization of Higher Education in the United States - 3 points
This course examines historical and contemporary issues surrounding the internationalization of higher education in the United States, focusing on how the production of knowledge about international issues changes according to transformations in global political, economic, social, and cultural contexts. The course first establishes a theoretical foundation in issues related to the production of knowledge, national interests, universities, and globalization and education, and then turns to the history of internationalization in the U.S. Readings and discussion will trace the early “borrowing” of educational models from Europe, the historical development of the U.S. research university, the establishment of area studies centers after World War II, the explosion of student interest in study abroad, and the increasing establishment of satellite campuses and university partnerships in places such as the Persian Gulf and Singapore.

INTE-GE 2812 Cross-Cultural Education for the Global Economy - 3 points
Examination of models of cross-cultural education programs offered in the United States and abroad. Focus is on the basic cultural assumptions of different approaches to cross-cultural training in a global economy. Explores the possibilities of developing a model program for multi-national corporations, foundations and governmental organizations that design, develop, and implement cross-cultural training programs for persons in international settings.

INTE-GE 2819 International Ethics; Rights, Responsibilities, Obligations - 3 points
Traces the historical pattern of international ethical traditions, especially during the second half of the 20th century. Develops understanding of the basis of rights and obligations in responsibility. Includes an examination of contemporary examples of international ethics, especially ones involving the violation of human rights. Students are encouraged to research examples of their own choice.

INTE-GE 2862 International Development and Education - 3 points
Why are so many around the world still so poor? What, if anything, can the West do about it? How does education factor in? This course introduces you to some of the most important normative, theoretical, empirical, and practical questions in international development today and encourages you to critically and analytically engage with them.

INTE-GE 2878 United Nations at Work - 3 points
Examines the role of voluntary international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) in the Untied Nations system. Focus on analyzing the organization and operations of INGOs, assessing their impact on local-to-global linkages, lobbying nation-states, and bringing attention to such cross-national problems as human rights, world hunger, women in development, peace and security.


INTE-GE 2802 Professional Development in International Education - 3 or 4 points
Designed for graduate students who wish to serve as interns in international and intercultural settings. Permission to register is based on evaluation of student's internship placement by Internship Coordinator. Through course meetings and assignments, along with working in a professional dsetting, students develop the necessary skills to later use in their job search and career. Open by speical permission to other Steinhardt students.

Doctoral Seminars

INTE-GE 3097, 3098 Content Seminar in International Education I and II - 3 points
A culminating and integrating experience designed to provide doctoral students writing their dissertations the opportunity to discuss and probe the broader aspects of international development education, global education, and international educational and cultural exchange.

INTE-GE 3801, 3802 Research in International Education I and II - 3 points
A review of current research and the development of research projects based on previous training and course work. Focus on evaluating research in such areas as education in other cultures, global communications, modernization, educational transfer, and national identity.