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Education Utopias: Comparing China and the Nordic Countries Interculturally

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EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28 February 2020
NORMAL prices after February 2020.

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Overview

Synopsis
This brand new course examines how the two educational systems of China and the Nordic countries intersect. China and the Nordic countries are often contrasted by the media, by researchers and by decision-makers. Past years have also witnessed a growth of interaction and intersection between China and the Nordic countries in many and varied educational fields, including joint research, publications and mobility initiatives at different educational levels.

Due to the request of stimulating innovation in education from the Chinese government, educational institutions in China are interested in adopting ‘good’ practices from the Nordic countries, which are known for placing equality and social justice at the core of most societal issues. Furthermore, an increasing number of PhD projects are also being conducted on different aspects of Chinese education from the perspectives of the Nordic countries and vice versa.

This rise of mutual interests calls for attention in educational studies. The media also often present these countries as education superpowers, with Shanghai and Finland on top of the OECD PISA studies. In order to compare these two utopias, the course rejects a simplistic approach that presents both spaces as culturally uniform, confronting ‘East’ and ‘West’ entities, and suggests an intercultural comparative and contrastive approach that is critical and reflexive in both theory and methodology. This does not solely concentrate on difference, but emphasises similarities, including studies on philosophical, conceptual and methodological issues. This nuanced approach to these two education utopias will appeal to students and scholars of Nordic and Chinese education as well as of globalisation and interculturality.

Target students
Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Students of any field who have an interest in comparative education with an emphasis on China and the Nordic countries. No background in education studies needed.

Coordinators
Fred Dervin fred.dervin@helsinki.fi
You may contact the course coordinators with questions concerning the course content.

With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer School or the application process, please contact summerschool@helsinki.fi.

Apply now! Summer 2020
Pre-deadline
Jun 15, 2020 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 17, 2020 23:59:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! *Helsinki Summer School 2020 CANCELLED Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Outbreak * The application deadline is 15 June 2020. However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July 2020.

Notes
CANCELLED
Studies commence
Aug 4, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Summer 2020
Pre-deadline
Jun 15, 2020 23:59
Europe/Helsinki time

If you need a visa, please apply 31st May the latest.

Application deadline
Jul 17, 2020 23:59:59
Europe/Helsinki time

NB! *Helsinki Summer School 2020 CANCELLED Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Outbreak * The application deadline is 15 June 2020. However, the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until 17 July 2020.

Notes
CANCELLED
Studies commence
Aug 4, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States