Course number: CI 499 / AFST 550
Professor: Bekisizwe S. Ndimande
Description: This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students and classroom teachers who are interested in learning about Africa and about teaching in diverse settings. The purpose of the course is to examine the stereotypical images and the skewed portrayal of African histories and cultures in school textbooks and in other materials. The course will help students to connect classroom curriculum to contemporary issues in Africa, especially those issues related to globalization and markets. In addition, the course will help participating students to develop practical strategies for teaching and learning about Africa, to connect classroom curriculum to diverse socio-cultural groups, and to dispel the myth of “monolithic” Africa. While the course will cover the histories, cultures, and practices in various countries in Africa, it will examine current educational issues in the post-apartheid South Africa as a case study.Global Studies in Education
Global Studies in Education (GSE) Online is a web-based Master's degree in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois. The program is designed for educators at all levels interested in learning and thinking more critically about issues of globalization and education and in incorporating international perspectives into their curriculum and pedagogy. In addition, prospective students in other related fields are encouraged to join our program and provide fresh perspectives on these important educational topics.
Applicants from outside the United States are welcome. This is intended to facilitate dialogue among American teachers and those living and working in other parts of the world.