Global Studies in Education

Global Studies in Education is a new field that builds on comparative and international education, philosophy and sociology of education to explore and research the global dimensions of education.

It includes but is not limited to the following areas:

  • globalization, internationalization, neoliberalism
  • bicultural, multicultural and intercultural education and dialogue
  • education policy, politics and governance
  • global youth cultures and identities
  • new media and popular cultures
  • gender, class and racial inequalities
  • political economy of knowledge production & knowledge management
  • education, sustainability and development
  • the new global ecologies of learning and open education
  • global citizenship and education

Global Studies in Education helps educators prepare students to navigate our complex, globalised world, internationalise their  curriculum and pedagogy, and help their students to critically reflect  and understand what it means to be globally informed,  aware and compassionate human beings -­ “citizens of the world.”

Global Studies in Education is headed by Professor Tina Besley and Professor Michael A. Peters international scholars with a wealth of book and journal publishing experience who were formerly based in top research universities in UK and USA.

Graduate Qualifications

There are four papers in global Studies in Education which graduate students can credit towards a Master of Education (MEd) or a Postgraduate Diploma.

These papers are offered by Te Whiringa School of Educational Leadership and Policy at Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education. The papers may be taken as either stand-alone, or as past of a specialisation for the MEd (GSE).

The four 500 level, 30 point GSE papers are taught solely online in both A Semester (March-June) and B Semester (July-October). All teaching staff are closely associated with the Centre for Global Studies in Education.

For the 180 point masters degree with a specialisation in GSE, students must take the compulsory paper PCSS587. You will need 60 points from a choice of three other Global Studies papers (PCSS588, PCSS589 and PCSS507) AND requisite research components, such as a Research Methods paper, AND either a Directed Study (DSOE592, 60 points) OR Thesis (DSOE595, 90 points).

Postgraduate Diploma Education (Global Studies in Education)
Master of Education (Global Studies in Education)

500 level Papers

PCSS507 Global Citizenship and International Development Education
PCSS587 Globalisation, Cultures, Identities and Education (Required)
PCSS588 Globalisation and Education
PCSS589 Globalisation, Education and New Media Cultures


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