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Comparative and International Perspectives in Education and Youth Studies

In this seminar, we explore comparative and international perspectives on education and youth studies by focusing on readings that primarily address comparative methodology, including the questions, what is comparative education, and why and how we compare. A prominent theme in our reading is globalization and localization, what it means and how it influences our intellectual and social landscapes, our teaching and research approaches, how we borrow and lend educational ideas, and the way we are connected to each other. We explore how particular kinds of comparative literature might shape public policy as well as our teaching and learning. Through a close examination of comparative methodologies and reading of case studies from different cultures and societies, students learn to position domestic issues on youth and education such as language, inclusion, choice, race/ ethnicity, class, gender and beyond, in the global context. We also aim to draw implications for the improvement of policies related to teacher education and curriculum and pedagogy from international comparisons. Our class is largely discussion based with class participants responsible for guiding our analyses of case studies and comparative methodology in part by sharing weekly reading response and through group presentation projects. The class also incorporates other multi-media sources such as podcasts and videos to help enrich our understandings of the issues we study.

Course Number

EDYS 201 C1

Course Number (Cross Listing 1)

CRIS 267 C1

Course Number (Cross Listing 2)

POLS 205 C1


Lou, Jingjing



Course Format


Course Format Description

Most classes will be held online for synchoronous attendance as well as recorded for asynchronous viewing. In-person meetings (small groups or large group discussions) will be held roughly once a week (more or fewer depending on how COVID goes). Students who cannot attend these in-person meetings will be given options to complete activities or assignments as substitutes.

Time Slot

Early Morning



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