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Elective Courses

Undergraduate Courses with an International Focus

Students who are taking the Bachelor of Education program are required to take both compulsory and elective courses. The following undergraduate elective courses have an international focus. These courses can also be combined with other experiences in order to earn a Specialization Option in International Education.

This course engages students in a comparative and international exploration of cultural traditions and beliefs, as well as their reflection on schooling and teaching practices. Throughout the course, students will examine diverse cultural and educational contexts in Canada and around the world in relation to imperialism, globalization, and internationalization, and raise questions about critical issues such as social class, race, ethnicity and gender. Students will be encouraged to develop an understanding of education in political, social, economic, linguistic, and cultural contexts around the world and search for effective pedagogical practices for teaching students of diverse cultural, class, racial, ethnic, and language backgrounds both locally and internationally.

This course is designed specifically for York University students whose undergraduate program has included an international education experience. A wide range of theories in international and intercultural education, cross cultural psychology, internationalization, globalization and postcolonial studies will provide a critical analytical framework to promote student reflection and interpretation of their international experiences. It will encourage students to integrate experiential learning into the theory and practice of their respective academic disciplines.

Note: International experience is required prior to taking this course!

This course is also available for students outside the Faculty of Education.

This course provides analysis of the process of globalization and its impact on life in Canada and abroad including its impact on education. Students will explore how global issues can be incorporated into curriculum thinking about teaching and learning.

This course addresses key dimensions of teaching English in international contexts. It examines theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English, including feedback and assessment, learner profiles, student agency, and e-learning approaches in environments where English is not the majority language.