Cold War Educational Ideals

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cold War Educational Ideals

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Education, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course description

    The Cold War was a period that sparked many educational initiatives, ranging from top-down international initiatives such as UNESCO, many national educational reforms, a stunning amount of local initiatives to further educational opportunities for their pupils, to the very mundane initiatives of computer clubs –advocating for autodidactic learning.

    Building on recent publications, the aim of this course is to describe the fundamental changes in the educational systems in various countries during the Cold War: from pupils and parents demanding new subjects to be taught (or old subjects to be addressed in new ways), to teachers introducing new subjects. Moreover, we will discuss how these initiatives influenced national and international educational thought.


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