Updated November 23, 2013
Fall 2013 Course Descriptions
Education is emerging as a vital piece of the civil rights movement, both on the local and global levels. It is a powerful force that spurs national growth and development. This course attempts to develop and encourage an understanding of educational problems shared through the interconnected and continuously globalizing ‘developed’ and ‘developing’ worlds. Students are introduced to a variety of environments in which education takes place, and are asked to analyze learning, education and development in non-US and non-Western settings. The course also provides perspectives on ‘Third World’ history and development as they relate to education and learning. Topics that you will study in this course include non-Western educational perspectives, traditions and approaches; colonialism and its impact on education and learning; and dilemmas and issues in education and international development.
All students need to sign up for the lecture and a discussion session. Students enrolled for four credits will also participate in a Community Service Learning project working with migrant and immigrant youth in Holyoke or Springfield and will need to sign up for an additional Lab session.
Educ 623 - Project Planning & Proposal Development
The goal of this course is to help you develop a proposal for an educational or development project for which you could seek funding. This is one course in a three-course series about managing projects. The three courses are:
Together, these three courses are designed to help you develop knowledge and skills in planning, designing, implementing, managing and evaluating projects in an area of your interest. Central to this course (ED 623: Project Planning and Proposal Development) is applying this knowledge and these skills to the development of a project proposal. The logic here is that a project proposal must include the design of a project, based on a needs assessment and problem identification; its goals and objectives; a budget and management plan; specific activities and timeline for implementation; and a monitoring and evaluation plan. Each of these elements will be covered in the course.
Educ 626 - Social Theories of Education
This course examines social theories and their contributions to education theory and practice. The course is designed for doctoral students seeking a comprehensive introductory course in theoretical foundations in education.
Educ 678 Cultural Studies & International Development
This course is concerned with the meaning and practices of everyday life. Particular meanings attach to the ways people in particular cultures do things. Primary stress will be placed on the relation between knowledge and power, ethnicity/class/gender and culture, and the attempts within cultural studies to embrace a variety of disciplines in a transdisciplinary critique of intellect and institution. We will do this by exploring the multiple ways in which social identities are both reflected and reconstituted through everyday practices, and we will emphasize the ways in which cultural backgrounds and social identities affect how we interpret the world.
Educ 719 Theory and Practice of Nonformal Education
This course offers an introduction to nonformal and popular education, particularly as applied to contexts of adversity. The basic philosophical and conceptual works in the field are reviewed, including the theories of Freire and Illich. The course relates theories to practice, and provides an overview of critical issues in the planning and implementation of nonformal education.
Educ 721 Comprehensive & Dissertation Proposal Seminar
This is a course for masters and doctoral students who will be writing their theses or comprehensives within the next year. We will focus on 'research and rigor,' and think about how to transform ideas, literature, and data into a strong academic paper. We will focus in particular on developing conceptual frameworks, strengthening lit review skills and connecting both with interpreting data.
Educ 733 Foundations of International Education
This is a required introductory seminar for all new masters and doctoral degree candidates in the Center for International Education . The course has two goals. First, it will provide an introduction to CIE. The seminar also will review the structure and procedures for degree programs, resources available for graduate study in the five-college area, planning for personal and professional growth during the degree process, and the various career options available.
Second, it will present a general overview of the highly diversified field of "International Development Education" - what it is, the evolving relationships between theory and practice, the central issues that it confronts, and its importance to International Development. The course will introduce basic readings in the history, theory, and practice of international development education, and will examine selected applied problems. Faculty members in CIE and associated faculty will make presentations on their topics of expertise. All incoming International Education Masters and Doctoral students are are required to take this course. They will be automatically enrolled - you cannot enroll online.
Educ 739 - Introduction to Inquiry
(Rossman & Rallis) -- Monday 4-7 pm 275 Hills South
This course is intended to provide a forum to engage in sustained discussion about and reflection on the assumptions, theories, and practice of inquiry relevant for policy and leadership studies. The course will be structured as a seminar in which we explore the assumptions that shape inquiry, discuss the major research genres/theories, and examine examples of practice. We will read and critically examine relevant readings, seeking to uncover how often-tacit notions shape approaches to inquiry. We will also look at various genres of research through readings and presentations, critically analyzing the assumptions embedded in them and examining what they obscure and what they reveal about a topic. Finally, close scrutiny of examples of practice within the three concentrations – Educational Administration, Higher Education, and International Education – will provide a grounding in the real world of research.. Course open ONLY to incoming EPRA Doctoral candidates who must take the course. They will be automatically enrolled - cannot be done online.
793D Globalization & Educational Policy