Global Trend in Education

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Course Objectives

  1. To broaden students’ vision about the impacts cultural exchange and international student mobility from theoretical and practical perspectives.
  2. To showcase how peace education and international conflict resolution can be achieved through exchange programs.
  3. To encourage more two-way communication and participation in the classroom and provide hands-on experience in evaluating the cultural exchange programs of different countries
  4. To relate student educational exchange experiences and prepare them for future career development.

Course Contents

This seminar, entitled “Global Trends in Education,” will discuss educational issues in the context of globalization, internationalization, localization, Sinicization, Westernization, and cross-straitization. Our content will explore theories and examples in peace and conflict education in an age of increasing international exchange. Starting with the case of the educational system and exchange activities between China and Taiwan in the last two most dynamic decades, this seminar also attempts to showcase some other concurrent international case studies among rival states by justifying how cultural and educational exchange contributed to ending the cold war between the US and the former Soviet Union in early 1990s. In Yale Richmond’s renowned book, entitled Cultural Exchange and the Cold War: Raising the Iron Curtain (University Park: Penn State University Press, 2003), the author concludes that cultural exchange has a gradual but compelling and long-lasting effect over transforming people’s attitude and mind-set, and therefore, it will change the relationship between rivalry parties and enemies.