Global Studies in Regional Ethnographies
(Masters of Education)
In the 21st century, a central social, cultural and political issue within the social sciences has been the movement of peoples. Globalization, along with the rapid development of new technologies, has transformed our understanding of the individual and his/her relation to the production and distribution of economic and socio/cultural resources. There is the need to understand the intersection of global and local processes in affecting who we are and what we will become in an age marked by the movement of peoples and rapid technological transformations.
Thus, here we emphasize the movement of peoples across boundaries through time and space and the manner in which they articulate with different institutions, structures, peoples and technologies. Education is central to understanding these movements and transformations. It enables people from different social backgrounds to gain access to knowledge and skills. The concentration considers not only the process of education as it occurs in numerous, different settings but also its products and consequences as people negotiate local boundaries and the new ones generated by globalization.
The emphasis opens the door for research, internships, and the opportunities for observing the making and implementation of local and international policies affecting the movement and education of peoples from different social and regional backgrounds. It entails observing the production of cultures and their manifestation in different social settings.
It is anticipated that students specializing in this concentration will be able to find employment in both the public and private sectors. They will be able to work with peoples from different backgrounds in educational settings such as schools, hospitals and regulatory institutions.
The suggest program plan involves two years of course work (60 credits) from different departments and programs within Teachers College and the Columbia University system. It is anticipated that students, in consultation with their advisers, will be able to design their course of study. Though the basic course work will be in anthropology and education and applied anthropology, the student will be expected to take courses related to his/her particular individual, interests. Equal weighting will be given to research projects and internships or a combination of the two.