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Quality education: Human capital for building resilient societies (Sustainable Development Goal 4) - CANCELLED

Summer School of , 5 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 538 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 320 EUR

This course provides students with an introduction to the major theories and approaches in sociology, economics, political science and public policy on the role the notion of quality education in advanced liberal democracies and the role of human capital in preparing individuals and societies for a resilient future.

Quality education (Sustainable Development Goal 4), or the ‘right’ types of knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes embodied as human capital in real human beings, is a key driver of the resilience and wellbeing of people (micro) and societies (macro). This is true in today’s globalized knowledge economies; it is likely to be even more true in tomorrow’s automated robot economies. But precisely what is quality education for today and tomorrow, and why is it so important? Which policies are key in boosting it? Why should liberal democracies invest in inclusive and equitable quality education, and how can they do so smartly? We study a wide range of approaches, including Nobel Prize winning economists such as Paul Romer and James Heckman, as well as leading sociologists, political scientists and policy scholars to tackle this key question for building resilient societies.

To precisely understand and clearly formulate the key reasons and mechanisms for how and why human capital matters, both to academic audiences and to labor market audiences (such as employers) and public policy audiences.

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Summer 2020

Application date
Jun 01
Start date
Aug 03



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