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This subject examines the role of education in the development process of developing and least developed countries. Students will utilise key theories of education and development to critically analyse the complex relationship between education (formal, non-formal, informal) and development (economic, social, political).
Students will analyse the impact of global development frameworks such as Sustainable Development Goals on educational policies at the regional, national and local levels and critically assess the role of development partners (such as the World Bank) in influencing and shaping the education and development priorities of developing and least developed countries.
Students will also engage with current debates about the role and purpose of education, in particular the role of Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET) and lifelong learning in socio-economic development, and consider how these debates are influencing the policy, funding, governance, and delivery of education in developing and least developed countries.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key theories and approaches relating to education and development.
- Apply the key theories and approaches to analyse the relationship between education and development in developing and least developing countries.
- Evaluate the role of international organisations to understand their influence over educational policy and practice in developing and least developing countries.
- Critically examine the politics of international aid mechanisms and their impact on education and international development.
- Reflect on the role of education in international development and explore the wider aims of education for reforms.
- Establish the connection between technical, vocational education and training, and lifelong learning and explore how they could contribute to the development of developing and least developing countries.
This subject will develop the following set of key transferable skills:
- Critical thinking and reasoning.
- Creativity and innovation.
- Critical global citizenship.
- Problem solving.
- Self-reflection, career awareness and lifelong learning.
Last updated: 24 January 2023