North-South Educational Partnerships

  • 300 learning hours of which 100 hours are online activities
  • 10 weeks


This Master's-level online course will help you develop a greater understanding of, and critical reflection on, the contribution of north-south educational partnerships.

It will look at how such partnerships can build a greater understanding of learning in a global society.

It aims to provide educational practitioners with the skills to engage effectively in partnerships and to facilitate the value of mutual learning between practitioners around the world.

This course directly addresses international educational partnerships. You'll have opportunities to learn about and reflect upon a range of different perspectives and the commitment to using participatory methods. You'll also have space to reflect upon your own learning.

This course run by the Development Education Research Centre, part of UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

Who this course is for

The course is aimed at:

  • teachers engaged with or considering school links and international partnerships
  • staff within further and higher education involved with, or considering, an international partnership
  • practitioners within the field of development education, global learning and international education more widely who have an interest in, and practical experience of, some form of educational project with an international partnership component

Course content

The course includes the following themes as the basis for the activities:

  • Immersion in partnerships
  • Debates on partnerships: postcolonialism versus inter-cultural dialogue 
  • Reviewing examples of practice
  • Preparing for and engaging in an educational partnership 
  • Reflections and evaluation

Course structure

This course is delivered online.

Over the 10 weeks of the course you'll complete a series of activities in groups or individually.

Certificates and assessment

Assessment is by one assignment.

Successful completion of this course is worth 30 M-level credits, which may be used towards the Master's degree in Development Education and Global Learning. For more information about this contact the course administrator.

Entry requirements

You should have experience in international education work.

Recommended reading will include a range of research reports produced by the Development Education Research Centre on school linking and international partnerships.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you'll have:

  • greater understanding of the combination of north-south partnerships to development education and learning in a global society
  • skills to manage effective partnerships
  • a greater understanding of where and how north-south partnerships can contribute to changes in understanding of global and development issues within the educational institution
  • an understanding of and ability to engage with diversity issues and different social and cultural perspectives and approaches in partnerships

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Course team

Dr Douglas Bourn

Douglas is the Director of Development Education Research Centre and Programme Leader for the MA in Development Education and Global Learning. He's the author of Theory and Practice of Development Education and numerous articles and reports on international partnerships.

Course information last modified: 19 Dec 2016, 16:15