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Higher Education
Course Offerings


For complete list and details of Graduate Course Offerings visit OISE Registrar's Office.

The following list demonstrates the range of courses offered within the Higher Education Program.  Not all of the courses listed are offered in any given year. Students interested in learning statistical methods for educational research should check Quantitative Research Methods Courses.

LHA1802Y  Theory in Higher Education
This course surveys different theoretical approaches to the study of higher education and knowledge construction focussing on key authors in each tradition. Different theoretical perspectives in the higher education literature include the political economic, social psychological, critical (neomarxist, feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial), and postmodern and poststructural, as well as writing based on scientific metaphors. Students will begin to identify the often unarticulated theoretical assumptions of writing in higher education, as well as to examine how theory is used by various writers and researchers in this field. The course is intended to assist students in choosing appropriate theoretical frameworks for their thesis or project research. L. Muzzin

LHA1803H  Recurring Issues in Postsecondary Education
An examination of some of the many issues that have been characteristic of postsecondary education in the past and are likely to continue to be faced in the future. Staff

LHA1804H  Issues in Medical/Health Professional Education
This course is intended to enable students to identify and analyze major current issues in medical/health professional education and to present clear, logically coherent and empirically justified analyses of those issues. Staff

LHA1805H  The Community College
This course provides an overview of the history, philosophy and evolution of community colleges. While the focus will largely be on the Ontario college system, students will also engage in exploration of wider issues, controversies, challenges and opportunities that community colleges face more broadly in Canada, the United States and in other countries, particularly Anglophone countries with similar systems. The themes of social justice, access and equity run through all topics, as a key purpose of community colleges is to promote these objectives. L. Wheelahan

LHA1806H  Systems of Higher Education
A comparative description and analysis of tertiary-level systems of education with special attention to their structure and governance and the relevant features of the societies in which they operate. G.A. Jones

LHA1807H  Strategic and Long-Range Planning for Postsecondary Systems
This course is designed to provide students with basic knowledge and skills in strategic planning as applied to college and university systems. Past and current efforts at planning for universities and community colleges at the provincial level in Ontario will be analysed and compared with counterpart activities in other jurisdictions of Canada and the United States.
NOTE: This course with a systems focus complements LHA1811H, which has an institutional focus. C.Sa

LHA1808H  Research in Health Professional Education [RM]
This course addresses educational research approaches specifically in the health professions. It involves a critical examination of appropriate literature with respect to survey, qualitative, and quantitative research methods with the objective of enabling students to propose implementable research projects. NOTE:  The course is designed for students enrolled in the M.Ed. specialization in health professional education Staff

LHA1809H  Administration of Colleges and Universities
A study of the practice of management and administration in colleges and universities including: an examination of the processes of planning, organization, coordination, communication, control; decision-making practices; and the analysis of illustrative cases and present practices. The course will be organized mainly around case studies. C.Sa

LHA1810H  Evaluation of Knowledge, Clinical Competence and Professional Behaviour in the Health Professions
This course is designed to acquaint health professionals with the assessment formats used to evaluate the domains of clinical competence in health care professional training at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels of training. The course will provide an introduction to the concepts of reliability and validity which are central to the analysis of the assessment methods to be discussed. Written examinations, oral formats, and Standardized Patient performance-based testing are amongst the methods that will be presented. Staff

LHA1811H  Institutional Research and Planning [RM]
A study of the practice of institutional research and strategic planning in community colleges and universities. This course is designed to examine the methodologies and the practice of institutional research and to provide students with knowledge and skills in strategic and long-range planning as applied to colleges and universities at the institutional level. NOTE:  This course with an institutional focus complements LHA1807H, which has a systems focus. Staff

LHA1812H  Education and the Professions
This course reviews theoretical debates regarding the nature of professions and professional education, placing them within their historical context in western societies. Contemporary issues that are addressed include the implications of globalization of the professions, diversity in the professions and the ''entrepreneural university'' and the professions. Perspectives of practitioners as well as faculty teaching in the professions are considered. L. Muzzin

LHA1813H Issues in Cognitive and Educational Psychology: Implications for Health Professional Education
This seminar course addresses a number of findings and theories in cognitive and educational psychology that are relevant to health professional education. Topics include theories of expert skills such as classification, problem solving, decision making, and technical expertise, as well as theories of expert development and their applications to health professional education. The course is designed around readings from the cognitive and educational psychology literature and relevant readings from the health professional education literature. Staff

LHA1817H  Nurturing Professional Education
This course begins with the contemporary critique of professional education as ivory towerish, reductionist, exclusionary and monocultural and examines proposals for more practice-based, holistic, inclusionary and emancipatory approaches. Proposals for revitalizing professional education in the new millennium have emerged from a variety of theoretical orientations, including social psychological, critical, postcolonial and poststructural. L. Muzzin

LHA1819H  Governance in Higher Education
This course addresses the arrangements for governance in higher education. It examines formal models and theories of governance; the legal and institutional framework of higher education governance; the role and characteristics of higher education intermediary bodies, governing boards, and academic senates and their relationships to one another; and current challenges and issues pertaining to university and community college governance. G.A. Jones

LHA1820H  Special Topics in Higher Education: Master's Level
A course that will examine in depth a topic of particular relevance not already covered in regular course offerings in the department. The topics will be announced each spring in the Winter Session and Summer Session OISE course schedules. Staff

LHA1821H  Institutional Differentiation in Postsecondary Education 
This course will examine the nature of institutional differentiation in postsecondary education, theories which have been advanced to explain observed trends and patterns in institutional differentiation, and policy implications. Particular attention will be given to the following distinctions: degree and non-degree; public and private; comprehensive and special mission; education sector and non-education sector; traditional and nontraditional; and teaching centered and learning centered. The course will look also at comparative study of institutions as an analytical tool in the study of postsecondary education. G.A. Jones

LHA1825H  Comparative Education Theory and Methodology [RM]
This course provides an overview of the evolution of comparative education as a field of study, covering historical-philosophical, positivistic, phenomenological and neo-Marxist approaches to the field. It also looks at how comparative education scholars have responded to the literature of postmodernism and globalization. Central themes of the course are the purpose of comparative education, the impact of diverse views of social change, and the idea of scientific method. The role of such international organizations as the International Bureau of Education, UNESCO, and the World Bank in comparative education is discussed. R.E.S. Hayhoe

LHA1826H  Comparative Higher Education
This course provides an overview of the field of comparative higher education, beginning with perspectives from the different civilizations which fostered higher learning in the pre-modern era. It considers theories from comparative education and disciplines such as history, sociology and anthropology as they apply to understanding higher education in global context. It also takes both a regional and a thematic approach in looking at higher education across different societies.
Themes covered in the course include gender in higher education, curricular patterns across different societies, student issues and the relation of higher education to the state. R.E.S. Hayhoe

LHA1828H  Evaluation in Higher Education [RM]
The course examines models, methods, and concerns. Several levels of evaluation will be looked at (student learning; evaluation of instructor and course; program and institutional evaluation). Students will be required to write one short and one long paper and be encouraged to participate in class discussions. During class there will be practice in planning evaluations. R. Childs

LHA1832H  East Asian Higher Education
This course examines traditions of scholarship and scholarly institutions in East Asia, relating them to such major religious and philosophical perspectives as Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and Shintoism. Modern universities and higher education systems in China and Japan are analysed comparatively, as they drew upon Western models of the university, yet also incorporated aspects of their own traditions. Comparison with the higher education of other East Asian societies will also be encouraged. The course will enable students to grasp the main lines of difference between higher education in East Asia and the West, as well as differentiate some of the threads that have contributed to diversity within the region. R.E.S. Hayhoe

LHA1833H  Academic Capitalism: Higher Education with a Corporate Agenda
Over the past twenty years research universities across many international jurisdictions have become increasingly entrepreneurial and aggressive in their pursuit of corporate relationships. This trend must be contextualized in terms of regional restructuring of higher education systems in an era of economic globalization. There is now abundant evidence that this trend influences many aspects of the university, including curricula, research, governance, and policy. In this course, students will be involved in critically examining the implications of academic capitalism, especially in terms of equity, human rights, and world environment issues. L. Muzzin

LHA1834H  Qualitative Research in Higher Education [RM]
This course is designed for students who are planning, collecting data, analyzing or writing up thesis or other qualitative research. Classes will involve reading about the theoretical paradigms (e.g. interactionish, phenomenological, critical feminist, postcolonial/emancipatory) and research methodologies and types of analysis and interpretations being used by students (e.g. participant observation, thematic analysis, focus groups, individual interviews, ethnography, autoethnography, grounded theory, critical ethnography, participatory action research, life histories/narratives, institutional ethnography, textual analysis, policy or program analysis). Selected ethical issues that are often encountered in the process of doing research will also be covered. Special attention will be paid to analysis and interpretation of the data, with students presenting their changing views of their chosen topic for feedback and referral to relevant literature. L. Muzzin

LHA1836H  Critical Analysis of Research in Higher Education [RM]
This course will focus on the critical analysis of interdisciplinary research conducted within the higher education context. Participants will begin with an exploration of the fundamental characteristics and underlying theories of quantitative, qualitative and mixed mode research methodologies, and the strengths and limitations of each in relation to issues relevant to higher education. Building on this foundation, the participants will analyze and critique publications and theses reporting higher education research. Recommendations and implications suggested in these documents will be critiqued with respect to their potential impact on decisions made by organizational leaders with respect to equity issues, policies and procedures. Finally, participants will develop a sound research proposal that could conceivably be conducted within the higher education context. K. Janzen

LHA1837H  Environmental Health, Transformative Higher Education and Policy Change: Education Toward Social and Ecosystem Healing
In this course, environmental health is framed as a field of research, education, policy and advocacy endeavours that links the natural, health and social sciences with the worlds of the academy, community, business, economics, labour, governments and media. It includes physical, social, cultural, spiritual and societal relationships which are multidirectional and interlinked with the health and well being of all life. In the context of transformative higher education, the course will help students to develop critical thinking, investigative, analytical and practical skills to better understand the constraints of scientific certainty and uncertainty in today's complex world in order to address lifestyle as well as public policy changes. The issues are framed within the broad socioenvironmental perspectives on health promotion reflected in the goals of the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion - strengthening community action, developing personal skills, creating supportive environments, helping in skills development to educate, enable, mediate and advocate. Readings will include selected works by Steingraber, Colborn, Hancock, Chu, Bertell, Davis, CELA/OCFPEHC, IJC, Van Esterik and Health Canada. Staff

LHA1843H  Higher Education and the Law
This course will examine the legal framework of higher education, including laws, regulations, and judicial interpretations that impact upon the governance and conduct of higher education. Particular attention will be placed upon the tension between academic autonomy and individual rights as they affect students' rights, faculty status, sanctions against discrimination, and the conditions attached to government funding. M.A. Zuker

LHA1844H  The Student Experience in Postsecondary Education
This course will explore the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the student experience in postsecondary education. As well, we will study the nature of work in postsecondary education that supports students' development and learning. Students in this course will review and discuss broad forms of literature/documentation that addresses various components of the student experience. A particular focus of this course will be on exploring the various outcomes of postsecondary education and examining forms of assessing the various student outcomes in and beyond postsecondary education. S. Waterman

LHA1845H  Applications in the Student Experience [RM]
This course will provide students an opportunity to apply knowledge, reflections and skills developed in the Student Experience in Postsecondary Education course, ''The Student Experience in Postsecondary Education'', and their experiences working in areas related to student development and learning. Students will be required to construct and conduct a mini- research project; analyze data from the research project and design and lead a course module on a theory and research-to-practice aspect of student learning and development using the results from their research analyses. Portions of the course will follow the structure of Open Space Technology (Owen, 1997) which requires the co-creation of the course outline and approaches by students and the instructor. S. Waterman

LHA1846H  Internationalization of Higher Education in a Comparative Perspective
The purpose of this course is to examine the complex phenomenon of internationalization from both conceptual and applied perspectives,. The course explores and develops a conceptual framework for internationalization through a rigorous analysis of different meanings of the concept; shifting rationales, benefits, risks, and outcomes; and the diversity of actors and stakeholders; Students will apply the conceptual framework to a region or group of countries in the world, by analyzing the key priorities, policies and issues. Comparing different approaches among the regions and countries will raise important questions about the different roles and implications of the internationalization process.
Emerging trends and issues linked to internationalization including commercialization, brain drain/gain, quality assurance, cultural homogenization, neo-colonization and world rankings will be examined. This course has a definite policy orientation and students with some academic or professional background in higher education will benefit most from it. Staff

LHA1847H  Human Resource and Diversity Issues in Higher Education
This course will explore and discuss models of and approaches to leadership as they pertain to higher education. Particular attention will be paid to equity and diversity issues within human resources, recognizing the increasing diversity of the higher education environment. The course will include an examination of (a) how equity and diversity inform our models of academic and administrative leadership; (b) what leaders might do to ensure that their institutions are viewed as Employers of Choice both nationally and internationally; (c) the role of leadership within the post secondary system in the promotion and enhancement of student learning and literature. A. Hildyard

LHA1848H  Innovative Curricula in Higher Education and Professional Programs
This course explores how educators in higher education and professional programs approach curriculum development from an innovative perspective. Curriculum theories, philosophic perspectives in the literature, and current realities in the classroom will be explored.
Curriculum challenges with respect to access, quality and funding in higher education will be identified and analyzed, and innovative strategies for addressing these challenges will be generated. K. Janzen

LHA1850H  Quantitative Research Process and Design [RM]
This course is designed to help graduate students learn the fundamental concepts of quantitative research design. Students will evaluate research presented in the popular press and in scholarly journals. In addition to becoming a savvy consumer of research, students will learn the elements of a quantitative research study including: framing a research question, reviewing relevant literature, insuring internal and external validity, data analysis, presentation of results, and the ethical standards of conducting research. Staff

LHA1851H  Survey Methodology [RM]
This course uses the concept of total survey error and total survey quality as frameworks to discuss the survey elements relative to representation, measurement and usefulness. These include appropriate sampling frames, various sample design strategies, data collection, the role of the interviewer, non-response and bias, the effect of question structure, wording and context, respondent behavior, post-survey processing, estimation in surveys, and stakeholder use. This course requires students to have completed a quantitative research or a statistics course prior to enrolling. R. Childs

LHA1852H Individual Reading and Research in Higher Education: Master's Level
Individual Reading and Research courses are taken as specialized study, under the direction of a staff member, focusing on topics of particular interest to the student that are not included in available courses. While credit is not given for a thesis investigation proper, the study may be closely related to a thesis topic. Staff

LHA1853H  Introduction to Student Services
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of student affairs and services within the context of Canadian postsecondary education institutions. We will use a multidisciplinary approach to examine the historical, philosophical, legal, and cultural foundations of student affairs and services work. From these multiple perspectives, we will discuss the guiding principles from which student affairs and services practitioners educate and deliver services and programs to students. Staff

LHA1854H  Student Development Theory
This course examines the origins, present status, challenges and future directions of student development within the context of higher education in western society.  Sessions will review the evidence from research and practice that identify key factors influencing student development in postsecondary education.  Discussions will focus on the changing nature of students in higher education, the role of institutional policy, structure and function in facilitating student development and pathways to student success and retention.  In addition, the social, psychological and cultural foundations of the student personnel movement as well as the role and functions of student services staff in colleges and universities will be examined. S. Waterman

LHA1855H  Capstone in Student Development and Student Services
This course will provide students in the Student Development and Student Services in Postsecondary Education field in the Higher Education M.Ed. to review and apply the lessons from courses taken in their Master’s degree program and in the their required core courses in their designated field.  The course will be presented as a seminar with extensive readings and discussions, faculty and guest presentations, student projects and a culminating project that demonstrates student ability to apply their cumulated knowledge of the field to an existing organizational challenge. Staff

LHA1856H Advanced Student Development Theory
This course builds upon the knowledge gained in LHA1854, Student Development Theories in Higher Education. The course will more deeply examine psychosocial, cognitive structural, and typological theories. With a focus on intersectionality we will examine how race, culture, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and spirituality can influence development. Students will learn to use theories to improve our work with students. We will not do so without a critical examination of the theories. Staff

LHA2006H  Educational Finance and Economics
The course is about the resources —public and private —that support schools, colleges, and universities: how the resources are raised, how they are allocated, how they are budgeted for, how they are economically justified, and how they are accounted for. The course is also about the connections: connections between investments in education and the larger economy, between the organization of systems and the way funding is allocated and accounted for, between forms of budgets and the efficiency with which funding is deployed, and between funding and educational quality. Although the ideas of classical economists –Smith, Ricardo, Marx, Becker, Rostow –about the formation of human capital will be discussed, the course does not require a background in economic theory. NOTE: Students who have taken TPS1017H or TPS1841H are not eligible to take this course for credit. D. W. Lang and Staff

LHA3810H  International Academic Relations
This course begins with the literature of international relations to set the context for an examination of higher education's role and responsibilities in an international arena. It then looks at the critical challenges to accepted views of knowledge in the university that have arisen from social theorists such as Habermas, from feminist scholarship, and from non-Western scholarship. Topics for exploration and research include the following: academic freedom in a global context; the role of universities and colleges in international development; relations between higher education institutions and international organizations; scholar/student exchanges; and human rights and higher education. R.E.S. Hayhoe

LHA3820H  Special Topics in Higher Education: Doctoral Level
Course description same as LHA1820H. Staff

LHA3852H Individual Reading and Research in Higher Education: Doctoral Level
Course description same as LHA1852H. Staff