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Course module: 201700026
International Perspectives on Education
Course infoSchedule
Course code201700026
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Onderwijswetenschappen BA;
Contact persondr. T.E. Hornstra
Contactperson for the course
dr. T.E. Hornstra
Other courses by this lecturer
B.L. Kennedy, PhD
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
4  (20/04/2020 to 28/06/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotB: TUE-morning, THU-afternoon
C: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
RemarkA limited number of places (60) is available for this course. Admission will take place in order of registration.
Enrolment periodfrom 28/10/2019 up to and including 24/11/2019
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 20/01/2020 up to and including 21/01/2020
Waiting listNo
A limited number of places (60) is available for the course International Perspectives on Education. Admission will take place in order of registration.

For questions about this course, please use the following course e-mail address: 

After the course, students will have achieved the following learning goals:
1. Knowledge and understanding of:
  • Cross-cultural perspectives on education and cross-cultural differences in teaching and learning.
  • How and why different nations have structured their system of education.
  • Current global developments and (reform) trends in education.
  • How these developments affect educational policies and decision making on supranational and national levels.
  • How supranational organisations such as the European Union, the United Nations, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) affect education and training on the national level.
2. Applying knowledge and understanding:
  • Critically analysing and evaluating how international developments in education are associated with national policies and educational practice.
3. Skills         
  • Searching for and reporting relevant scientific literature and policy documents
  • Conducting an international comparative case-study based on policy documents and scientific literature
  • Forming an substantiated opinion based on a critical analysis and comparison of scientific literature and policy documents
This course focuses on studying education and training from an international perspective. We examine how global or international developments affect teaching and learning across continents and countries. We also focus on the role of international organisations such as the European Union, United Nations and OECD and study how their policies affect international and national decision making regarding education and training. Furthermore, we compare the educational policies and practices of different countries with regard to specific themes.
Topics that may be addressed during the course include:
•           Organisation of educational systems.
•           Cross-cultural perspectives on education.
•           Comparison of goals of education across nations.
•           Comparisons of educational systems through worldwide studies examining students’ academic performance (e.g., PISA, TIMSS, PIRLS).
•           Comparison of educational policies and practices with regard to themes such as inclusive education, learning problems, and students with educational disadvantages.
•           Role of the government, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and public organisations
•           Internationalisation of higher education.
Entry requirements
Required materials
Marshall. J. (2014). Introduction to comparative and international education. Los Angeles: Sage.
Recommended materials
A selection of relevant articles: See course manual/Blackboard.
Instructional formats
Exam inspection


Class session preparation
Students are expected to read the literature prior to each lecture.


Class session preparation
Each tutorial group will consist of approximately 20 student. In the tutorials, the literature will be discussed and students will have opportunities to work on their assignments and receive feedback. Students are expected to read the literature and prepare their assignments, as indicated in the course manual.

Contribution to group work
Students will conduct a group assignment. Each student is expected to contribute actively to group assignments.

Digital exam
Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

Knowledge and understanding of the literature

See course manual

Note: All the grades the student receives in this course only apply to the current academic year if the final grade the student receives in the course is a failing grade.

Test weight50
Minimum grade5.5

The paper (group assignment) will be judged on content and writing quality. It should reflect the ability to describe a specific educational theme within a broader international framework, using policy documents and relevant scientific literature and to conduct an international comparative case study.

See course manual

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