Global public policy and the knowledge society

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The learning objectives of the course are the following: to help students to acquire empirical knowledge of education policies, higher education, and comparative education systems in a global context; to promote the understanding and critical assessment of the scholarly debates and theoretical controversies in the field of global public policy, and the management of the knowledge Society; to enable the analysis of contemporary policy issues, associated with the impact of globalization for knowledge systems at the national and local level of government; to engage with contemporary theoretical and policy debates on global citizenship and how education citizenship interacts with identity politics; and to develop skills in presenting to the class one's own arguments and ideas in an articulate and effective way.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will have a full understanding of institutions, policy issues, challenges and responses to the globalization of educational systems and higher education. Students will also develop the analytical foundations and empirical knowledge to study global policy reforms and transformative trends in knowledge production and management. Education borrowing and lending by governments, promoted by international organizations (such as the OECD, UNESCO, the EU and others) have a lasting impact on the diffusion of new global models and the course presents the adoption of similar policies across different countries, and regions of the world. The course will also introduce students to the critical analysis of the role of international organizations in the field of education policy, international assessment and evaluation, studying the local implementation of global paradigms. The course will reach these objectives by using a policy orientated approach, emphasizing the in -depth empirical analysis of case studies from advanced and developing countries.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Third trimester
If it is not possible to hold the classes and seminars in the classrooms on-campus, because of the public emergency associated with COVID-19, all teaching activities will continue to be delivered on-line using Microsoft Teams. The weekly seminars will be held regularly at the scheduled teaching times. All teaching material (video-recorded lessons, video clips, slides, etc) will be available to students registered for the course on Microsoft Teams. The exams may need to be taken remotely and on-line, if necessary. Even student presentations will take place on Microsoft Teams. The examination procedures are likely to be subject to change during the public emergency, but students will receive updated information by teachers. Office hours will continue regularly, but will be arranged remotely via Skype.
Course syllabus
The course will cover the following topics:
-politics of education in the OECD and developing world;
-human rights and education;
-global citizenship and global learning;
-education in the era of globalisation;
-politics of global borrowing and learning;
-education in global cities;
-education and global markets;
-demographic challenges and effects on education globally.
A detailed Syllabus will be provided to students at the start of the course.
Teaching methods
The main methods of teaching include small group seminars, students' presentations and, small-group discussions, and occasionally lectures by the Convenor.
Teaching Resources
The main textbook will be:

The Handbook of Globalisation and Education, edited by Paola Mattei, Xavier Dumay, Eric Mangez, and Jacqui Behrend, available with Oxford University Press in 2021.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students will attend two weekly two-hours seminars. All students are expected to develop advanced skills in presenting ideas and discussing their arguments and understanding of the readings with the group. Students are thus expected to do all the essential readings in advance of each seminar. Each student will give two seminar presentations of 15 minutes each, drawing on relevant theoretical debates and empirical knowledge. In addition to the two presentations, each student will write an extended paper (5,000 words) to be sent to the Course Convenor by the end of the last seminar of the course. There will be a written examination at the end of the course.
SPS/04 - POLITICAL SCIENCE - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor: Mattei Paola
By previous appointment and currently via Skype.
Department of Social and Political Sciences, Room 304 (third floor)