Introduction: human development, capabilities and uiversities of the twenty-first century -- Higher education and human development: towards the public and social good -- University knowledge, human development and pedagogic rights -- What is wrong with global inequality in higher education? -- Education and capabilities for a global ‘great transition’ -- Equity and graduate attributes -- Employability: a capability approach -- Capabilities and widening access to higher education: a case study of social exclusion and inequality in China -- Universities and social responsibility for human and sustainable development -- Liberal arts education and the formation of valuable capabilities -- Teaching for well-being: pedagogical strategies for meaning, value, relevance and justice -- Global learning for global citizenship -- Capabilities and a pedagogy for global identities -- Educating development professionals for reflective and transformative agency: insights from a master’s degree -- Re-imagining universities: international education, cosmopolitan pedagogies and global friendships -- Social engagement and universities: a case study from Mexico.
"Globally, universities are the subject of public debate and disagreement about their private benefits or public good, and the key policy vehicle for driving human capital development for competitive knowledge economies. Yet what is increasingly lost in the disagreements about who should pay for university education is a more expansive imaginary which risks being lost in reductionist contemporary education policy. This is compounded by the influences on practices of students as consumers, of a university education as a private benefit and not a public good, of human capital outcomes over other graduate qualities, and of unfettered markets in education. Policy reductionism comes from a narrow vision of the activities, products, and objectives of the University and a blinkered vision of what is a knowledge society. Human Development and Capabilities, therefore, imaginatively applies a theoretical framework to universities as institutions and social practices from human development and the capability approach, attempting to show how universities might advance equalities rather than necessarily widen them, and how they can contribute to a sustainable and democratic society"--Publisher's website.