Master of Public Policy   Master of International Affairs  

Educational governance: Between the national and the global

Education and training are key elements of societal and economic development. Questions of educational reform and the provision of high-quality training play an increasingly salient role for policy makers worldwide. This course critically reflects on how educational systems are structured and governed, how they differ in diverse cultural contexts, and crucially, how they are changing due to processes such as globalisation, internationalisation, and Europeanisation. We will also consider the key role of international non-governmental organisations (e.g. the OECD, UNESCO, and WTO) as well as supranational governance and the world polity.

The course enables students to analyse how the governance of education and employment systems is changing in European countries, and globally. The first part of the course covers the governance of education at the local and national levels and includes in-depth discussions of the relationship between education and social policy and social inequalities, but also the impact of ongoing privatisation processes. The second part is on the governance of education beyond the nation state with a specific focus on global educational governance, but also European educational policy. Students will be acquainted with central social science theories and methods in these fields. The course will allow students to transfer these concepts and methods to other, related policy fields such as labor markets and innovation systems.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.


  • Lukas Graf , Assistant Professor of Educational Governance