In this course, students analyze the historical, political, cultural, economic and current issues concerning education in developing and developed countries and explore the relationship between education and economic development.The primary focus is the educational systems in Brazil, China, India, Germany,Great Britain, Mexico, and the United States. Educational systems from around the world will be examined using the systems of the United States and Brazil as a comparative base.
After spending the semester studying different educational systems throughout the world, students visit public and private schools in Piracicaba, Brazil in June. Visits to cultural sites and museums are an integral part of the program, including time spent in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Students can take both ETLA 403 (3 credit hours) and ETLA 240 (1 credit hour) or they can enroll for ETLA 240 for one credit hour. The study abroad component takes place in June.