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ZHCES organises a talk by Dr. Gerard McCann

ZHCES organises a talk by Dr. Gerard McCann

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ZHCES organises a talk by Dr. Gerard McCann
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Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies


TOPIC: 'Global Learning as Human Rights Education'

SPEAKER: Dr. Gerard McCann 
Senior Lecturer in International Studies
St Mary's College Belfast  
Queens University, U.K.


About the Speaker: Dr Gerard McCann is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies and Head of International Programmes at St Mary's College Belfast, A College of Queens University. He is a Visiting Professor to the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Apart from dozens of articles and reports, books include: the three volume From the Local to the Global, Ireland's Economic History, Theory and History, Issues in Economic Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lustration, Covid-19 in the Global South, and International Human Rights, Social Policy and Global Development. He was Chair of the Research Committee of the UK Government's Global Learning Programme (GLP) for Northern Ireland and is Secretary of the Irish Government funded Development Studies Association, Ireland (DSAI). He is a founding member and Board member of TEESnet, the UK's Global Citizenship Education university network.


Abstract:  As an integral part of curricula in Europe, Global Learning has changed significantly in the past decade. The study and understanding of issues relevant to global political, economic and climate change have become key elements to global interdependence. Through primary, secondary and tertiary education there has been an increasing awareness of themes such as conflict, climate and health (including pandemics) and this has led to a revised approach to global engagement and educational internationalization. Implicit to this is our appreciation of human rights as another cross-cutting theme. This presentation will look at the connections between Global Learning and Human Rights Education and how the European education system has been working to integrate the two pedagogies to introduce a more holistic approach to development education while constructing a better way of learning about international development. 


DATE: 8  December, 2021 (Wednesday)
TIME: 4:30 pm
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A warm welcome to the modified and updated website of the Centre for East Asian Studies. The East Asian region has been at the forefront of several path-breaking changes since 1970s beginning with the redefining the development architecture with its State-led development model besides emerging as a major region in the global politics and a key hub of the sophisticated technologies. The Centre is one of the thirteen Centres of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi that provides a holistic understanding of the region.

Initially, established as a Centre for Chinese and Japanese Studies, it subsequently grew to include Korean Studies as well. At present there are eight faculty members in the Centre. Several distinguished faculty who have now retired include the late Prof. Gargi Dutt, Prof. P.A.N. Murthy, Prof. G.P. Deshpande, Dr. Nranarayan Das, Prof. R.R. Krishnan and Prof. K.V. Kesavan. Besides, Dr. Madhu Bhalla served at the Centre in Chinese Studies Programme during 1994-2006. In addition, Ms. Kamlesh Jain and Dr. M. M. Kunju served the Centre as the Documentation Officers in Chinese and Japanese Studies respectively.

The academic curriculum covers both modern and contemporary facets of East Asia as each scholar specializes in an area of his/her interest in the region. The integrated course involves two semesters of classes at the M. Phil programme and a dissertation for the M. Phil and a thesis for Ph. D programme respectively. The central objective is to impart an interdisciplinary knowledge and understanding of history, foreign policy, government and politics, society and culture and political economy of the respective areas. Students can explore new and emerging themes such as East Asian regionalism, the evolving East Asian Community, the rise of China, resurgence of Japan and the prospects for reunification of the Korean peninsula. Additionally, the Centre lays great emphasis on the building of language skills. The background of scholars includes mostly from the social science disciplines; History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, International Relations and language.

Several students of the centre have been recipients of prestigious research fellowships awarded by Japan Foundation, Mombusho (Ministry of Education, Government of Japan), Saburo Okita Memorial Fellowship, Nippon Foundation, Korea Foundation, Nehru Memorial Fellowship, and Fellowship from the Chinese and Taiwanese Governments. Besides, students from Japan receive fellowship from the Indian Council of Cultural Relations.