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Postgraduate Course: Higher Education in the Global Context (EDUA11418)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course examines how different stakeholders approach the internationalisation of higher education from national, institutional, and individual perspectives. The course topics and content explore the main concepts, theories, narratives, conceptualisations and debates in international higher education. The topics to be considered may include aspects of internationalisation such as: student and staff mobility; internationalisation strategic policy development and implementation at institutional and national levels; interculturality; rationales for internationalisation from organisational and individual perspectives; global citizenship; and developments in the regionalisation of higher education.
Course description The course focuses on engagement with, rationales, and motivations for higher education at the international, institutional, and individual levels. The course will examine the emergence of an organisational strategic approach towards developing international higher education policies. This will include critical evaluation of strategies adopted by institutions and nations towards embedding internationalisation into the purpose and the delivery of higher education. The course will allow students to examine the role of supranationals in the development of higher education policies implemented across different nations. The course will provide students with knowledge of the latest research, developments and emerging discourses on internationalisation-related topics from a global perspective.

By the end of the course students will have a broad and informed understanding of the internationalisation of higher education within the global context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  37
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 180 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback Formative Feedback
Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of two feed forward opportunities that will take place in the middle and end of the course respectively. Informal formative feedback will be provided in week 3 when students will be asked to debate "the merits of the internationalisation in the delivery of higher education in the global context". The second formative feedback opportunity will take place at the end of the taught element of the course. Students are required to bring a short outline of their essay to the class and make a short presentation for detailed feedback from the tutor and their peers.
Summative Feedback
Students enrolled in the course are required to produce one 4000-word essay, carrying 100% course weight. References are not included in the word count. Written feedback will be provided based on Postgraduate marking scheme.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical and knowledgeable content-related understanding of the complex and contesting conceptualisations of the internationalisation of higher education
  2. Deconstruct the rationales for internationalisation in strategic policy development by linking policy to stakeholder perspectives on internationalisation at the national and institutional levels
  3. Evaluate debates around the complex phenomenon of internationalisation and criticism of dominant neoliberal-based rationales for internationalisation
  4. Analyse key internationalisation strategic documents and assess underpinning rationales, drawing on existing theoretical conceptualisations
  5. Reflect on their roles as stakeholders in internationalisation, as a result of their engagement in higher education in an internationalised learning environment
Reading List
Altbach, P. G. (2016). Global perspectives on higher education. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Altbach, P. G. and Knight, J. (2007). The internationalisation of Higher Education: Motivations and Realities. Journal of studies in International Education, 11(3/4) 290-305.

de Wit, H. (2010). Internationalisation of higher education in Europe and its assessment, trends and issues. Den Haag, The Netherlands: The Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.

Field M. H. and Fegan, J. (2005). Globalisation and across-border education: Paradigms and challenges. In M.H. Field and J. Fegan (Eds) Education across borders: philosophy, policy pedagogy: new paradigms and challenges Tokyo: Waseda University Media-Mix.

Garson, K. (2016). Reframing internationalization. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 46(2), 19-39.

Godwin, K. A. & de Wit, H. (2019). Intelligent internationalization: The shape of things to come. Brill Sence: The Netherlands.

Gyamera, O. F. (2017). Internationalisation strategies in Ghana's public universities. In H, deWit, J. Gacel-Avila, E. Jones, & N. Jooste (Eds) The globalization of internationalization: Emerging voices and perspectives. London: Routledge.

Knight, J. (2004). Internationalization remodelled: Definition, approaches and rationales. Journal of Studies in International Education, 8(1), 5-31.

Scott, P. (2015). Dynamics of Academic Mobility: Hegemonic Internationalisation or Fluid Globalisation. European Review, 23(S1), S55-S69.

Stromquist, N. P. (2007). Internationalization as a response to globalization: Radical shifts in university environments. Higher Education, 53(1), 81-105.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and Understanding: Students will develop their knowledge and critical understanding of concepts and theories relevant to the internationalisation of higher education.
Critical analysis: Students will develop their ability to critically analyse textual data relevant to the internationalisation of higher education, by examining diverse perspectives from different cultural and national contexts.
Autonomy and accountability: Students will work on their own analysis of an internationalisation policy document and respond to questions about their analysis from a knowledgeable audience.
Communication and IT skills: Students will present their analysis of a policy document orally and in writing to a knowledgeable audience and readership using supporting textual data and discursive devices.
Evaluation: Students will will demonstrate evaluation skills in presenting their analysis of an internationalisation/international higher education policy document.

KeywordsInternationalisation,globalisation,higher education,interculturality,cross-border mobility
Course organiserDr Omolabake Fakunle
Course secretaryMiss Claire Chalmers
Tel: (0131 6)51 6573
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