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EDUC259 Educating Global Citizens for the 21st Century

Schooling across cultural borders; theories of development; New Zealand’s trade/aid relations with less developed countries; postcolonial theory and Western and Indigenous knowledges; the politics of English language teaching in non-English speaking settings and global flows of students/teachers and educational ideas.

Can education solve the world's problems?

Schools are often expected to produce global citizens who can address an array of very complex global issues. Yet, these issues are increasingly complex in the 21st century - a time defined by mass global migration, climate change, political unrest, economic precarity, and various other processes of, and reactions to, globalisation. This paper provides provocations and tools to help inform, enrich, and extend your understandings of global issues and how these might impact your work in the future, whether you are hoping to teach or be involved with education policy or practice in any capacity. This paper will appeal to anyone with an interest in human rights, social justice, sociology, and education.

Paper title Educating Global Citizens for the 21st Century
Paper code EDUC259
Subject Education
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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EDUC 101 or EDUC 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
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With approval, students who have passed EDUC105 prior to 2017 may be admitted without the normal prerequisite.
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Teaching staff

Paper Co-ordinator: Dr Kim Brown

Paper Structure

The paper is structured around the following three questions:

  1. How is education experienced differently around the world?
  2. How have major global issues, agencies, and systems shaped educational priorities in the 21st century?
  3. How does, and can, Aotearoa New Zealand respond to global changes that have a direct impact on the country's schools and communities?
Teaching Arrangements

EDUC 259 comprises a 50-minute lecture and a 1hr 50min workshop each week.


Textbooks are not required for this paper. Instead, the weekly readings (journal articles and book chapters) will be available online via eReserve and/or the Robertson Library course reserve.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to:

  • Articulate how education is experienced differently around the world
  • Critically examine how education is impacted by social, cultural, economic, political and ecological factors globally, and locally
  • Evaluate the possibilities and limitations of globally responsive education

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41