There are many ideas as to what constitutes Development Education. Irish Aid offers a comprehensive definition:
"Development education is an educational process aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. It seeks to engage people in analysis, reflection and action for local and global citizenship and participation."
"It is about supporting people in understanding, and in acting to transform the social, cultural, political and economic structures which affect their lives and the lives of others at personal, community, national and international levels."
"Development education is concerned with knowledge, ideas and understanding of issues that relate to global poverty and underdevelopment. It is an educational process based on learner-centred and interactive methodologies. It has a strong values dimension based on a commitment to social justice and human rights and is oriented towards action to effect change for a more just and equal world."
Education is a human right. Education is also a means to address development issues like social justice, poverty, hunger, globalization, and global health. This concentration explores a variety of international perspectives and voices on the practical application of educational theory. You will have a chance to study and design curriculum that addresses global issues, and test your curriculum in the field. You will also study different educational approaches and models that ensure healthy environments, vibrant communities, and equitable societies. Develop an awareness of how various perspectives influence education, curriculum development, student learning and success in an increasingly global community.
EDCI 650 (3cr) - Curriculum Design and Development
The study of specific curriculum design models to aid educators with the analysis, development, and improvement of curriculum at specific education levels. Includes development of a curriculum project.
EDCI 696 (1-2cr) - Project Implementation
Students are expected to make practical application of an educational theory through practical implementation and supervision of an instruction and/or curriculum project. Students are expected to collect field-based data related to such functions, and, with such data, revise the original project.
CIDS 550 (3cr) - Education for Sustainable Development
Provides an overview of education for sustainability. Focuses on international projects and organizations that address education for sustainable development. Explores education as a means to address development issues such as social justice, poverty, food security, globalization, etc. Covers different educational approaches and models that ensure a health environment, vibrant community, and equitable society.
SOCI 565 (3cr) - Demography
Overview of the world's population; spatial dimensions of human populations; fertility concepts, measurements, trends, levels and explanations; mortality and migration; population structures, life chances; population growth, economic development, and the environment.
EDCI 684 (3cr) - International Perspectives on Curriculum
A survey of theoretical and practical implications of internationalization on curriculum studies. Designed to familiarize students with a variety of international perspectives and voices, this course examines the process of curriculum theorizing and implementation practiced across national borders. Course experiences include selected readings, book reviews, small group discussions, personal critique and mini-lectures. Participants will evaluate learning environments, reflect on diverse points-of-view, critique individual cultural conditioning, and develop awareness of how various perspectives influence curriculum development, student learning and success in an increasingly global community.