MA in International Education

Course Descriptions

*This list is meant as a guide only.

INTE-GE 2007 Introduction to Qualitative Analysis in Comparative 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 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis in Comparative 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

 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.

 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.

 ENYC-GE 2020 Contemporary Environmental Debates - 4 points 

Critical examination of the ethical dimensions of major environmental controversies: the safety and economics of nonrenewable energy systems; the wisdom of alternative energy systems; resource scarcity; population and world hunger; pollution; conflicting political and economic world forces. An assessment of arguments and evidence relevant to the changing environmental debate.

INTE-GE 2030 Good Work in the Era of Globalization - 3 points

Advanced interdisciplinary and comparative graduate seminar that explores good work in the era of globalization by delving in basic social science work in research anthropology, research sociology, and research psychology. After a series of lectures introducing students to the Good Work Project led by Professor Howard Gardner and the Globalization and Learning Project led by Professor Suárez-Orozco, the course focuses on scholarship in different regions of the world.


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 2802 Field Study and Seminar in International Education - 3 or 4 points

Students serve as interns in agencies and organizations engaged in international and cross-cultural educational activities. Internships may be arranged in the United States or abroad through such organizations as the United Nations, the Institute for International Education, One To World, the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and the Asia Society. As part of the work-study internship students are required to maintain a journal and carry out a research project. The internship provides professional work experience and reinforces academic skills.

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 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 principals, 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 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.