Courses & Degree Programs for Educators

Introduction to Modern Africa

Course number: AFST 222 Online/ same as ANTH 222, PS 242, and SOC 222
Professor: Maimouna Barro

Description: This course is designed for undergraduate students and classroom teachers who are interested in learning about Africa and about teaching in diverse settings. The primary objective of this course is to introduce participants to the broad historical, social, political, and economic forces that have shaped modern Africa. We will approach this course with an interdisciplinary framework to examine the great civilizations of pre-colonial African societies; the trans-Atlantic slave trade; the impact of colonialism; nationalism, pan-Africanism, and independence movements; social movements and democratization; gender and development; the role of the contemporary African diaspora in African development; and globalization.

Global Studies in Education

Global Studies in Education (GSE) Online is a web-based Master's degree in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois. The program is designed for educators at all levels interested in learning and thinking more critically about issues of globalization and education and in incorporating international perspectives into their curriculum and pedagogy. In addition, prospective students in other related fields are encouraged to join our program and provide fresh perspectives on these important educational topics.

Applicants from outside the United States are welcome. This is intended to facilitate dialogue among American teachers and those living and working in other parts of the world.