Amsterdam, Netherlands

Cold War Educational Ideals

when 2 July 2022 - 16 July 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 950

Educational ideals in the Cold War shaped both educational practice and educational systems. This course will study in detail system changes and practices. Building on recent publications, the aim in this course is to describe the fundamental changes in the educational systems in various countries during the Cold War in the latter senses: from pupils and parents demanding new subjects to be taught (or old subjects addressed in a new way), to teachers introducing new subjects. Moreover, we will discuss how these initiatives influenced national and international educational thought.

Course leader

Danny Becker

Target group

History students, with an interest in the history of education;
Computer science students (or related subjects, such as AI or IS), with an interest in the history of their subject;
Students in teacher training, with an interest in reflecting on educational reforms.

Course aim

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

- Describe and recognize the various educational ideals that were around between 1945 and 1989

- Describe the historical changes taking place in the educational systems of various countries in the Cold War episode

- Read and evaluate a varied number of sources on one of the educational reforms, and be able to put them into the Cold War context

- Reflect on educational and political ideas shaping education

Fee info

EUR 950: Application fee €15. This amount is non-refundable.

Tuition fee two-week course

VU Students/PhD candidates and employees of VU Amsterdam* or an Aurora Network Partner €650
Students at Partner Universities of VU Amsterdam €900
Students and PhD candidates at non-partner universities of VU Amsterdam €950*
Professionals €1150

Early Bird offer
Applications received before 15 March (CET 23:59) receive €50 Early Bird discount!


We offer two types of scholarships for our summer school. Check out our website for more information.

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