Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Social Structure and Development.


Ilcan, S.




Within the body of international development literature there are critiques of the homogenous agenda that can be a part of the process of globalization. Globalization can be a means of forwarding a particular agenda on to the world's stage---for example capitalism or human rights---an agenda that may include a single set of criteria to be followed by those involved in it. But can universal standards exist such that they may be unproblematically applied to all peoples, in any place? Some global organizations have built themselves upon the premise that universal standards are not only viable, but that they are necessary bonds between members of the human race. For instance, UNESCO is a specialized arm of the United Nations with a mandate to encourage and promote education around the globe. Because UNESCO's General Conference is composed of representatives of the Member States belonging to the organization, and since it is mandated to uphold the conventions established in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNESCO considers its programmes to be of universal necessity. But by looking more carefully at UNESCO's Basic Education programme and noting the structure of that programme, some non-universal assumptions come to life. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .G38. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 0975. Adviser: Suzan Ilcan. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.