Singapore University of Social Sciences

Education for the Future: Critical Reflections on Current Practices

Education for the Future: Critical Reflections on Current Practices (CSD524)

Applications Open: 01 April 2021

Applications Close: 31 May 2021

Next Available Intake: July 2021

Course Types: Modular Graduate Course

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: $1378 View More Details on Fees

Area of Interest: Humanities & Social Sciences

Schemes: Lifelong Learning Credit (L2C)

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: S R Nathan School of Human Development


Synopsis

CSD524 will attempt to ask the question of “What is education for?” This age-old question hastaken an urgent turn in the light of disruptive global transformations we are living through. Thebasis for education has shifted over time and has been increasing been focused on economicpurposes. A jobless economy, climate crisis, growing social inequalities, rapid technologicaldevelopments and shifting global geopolitics are challenging us to redefine the purpose of education,and to rediscover alternative models of education in order for us to rethink how to organise oursociety to meet these challenges. Advancement in technology has purported to democratizeeducation and make learning assessable to global citizens. Discourses of education policy and workskills in higher education will be examined further. The course invites students to critically evaluateour current schooling (with focus on higher education) with its heavy emphasis on developinghuman capital for the economy using examples from local and global contexts. What are differentvisions of education and societies we can envisage for our children and us? What have we assumedabout education? These questions go beyond theoretical discussions to have real impact on whatchoices we can exercise and how we can rethink the way we live and learn.

Level: 5
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every July

Topics

  • The historical development of education, and its competing purposes
  • Theoretical frameworks of education and knowledge acquisition
  • Technology and education reform
  • Higher education transformed in the era of marketization in higher education
  • Human capital theory of education and economic development
  • An overview of the University Ranking System
  • PISA and its implications for higher education
  • Critical pedagogy, human-centred learning and social inequality
  • Decolonising knowledge and knowledge production
  • Digital Divide and income inequality
  • The Covid Pandemic and its effects on higher education
  • Higher Education and our world

Learning Outcome

  • Appraise the strengths and limitations of competing education models e.g. human capital theory of education, critical pedagogy, home-schooling
  • Critique the underlying assumptions about different purposes of education.
  • Compare the relationships between changing social dynamics and education policies and practices.
  • Evaluate concepts and issues relating to social dynamics through a Foucauldian and Postcolonial perspective.
  • Develop critical thinking skills and argumentative writing skills.
  • Analyse opportunities for education reforms.
  • Criticise inequalities in education and key theoretical perspectives.
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