Lecturer in charge
Päivi Kauppila

In Education and Society, which is part of Developing the Educational Environment studies, you will learn about the sociology of education, its basic concepts and approaches. You will also reflect on education and society.

You can complete this course by taking the web-based course or applying for the credits of previous Educational Sciences or Adult Education Sciences studies (Finnish Approbatur level). If you already have an Approbatur certificate, complete the application form (will be published in August) and attach a certificate of the studies for which the credits are to be awarded. The application and its attachments should be submitted to the Student Counsellor of the Teacher Education College.

Learning outcomes

Student is familiar with the basic discipline of the Sociology of Education such as the basic terminology and theoretical concepts and perspectives in order to understand the community and social phenomenon of education. He/she is able to follow educational sociological research and literature and be able to recognize the training and education service projects related to community, cultural and social phenomena and to understand what they mean for teachers’ work and learning to guide

Student is also able to utilize educational sociological knowledge in his/her work as a teacher.


  • basic theoretical concepts and approaches of sociology of education
  • relationships of education and society
  • approaches, concepts and phenomena of educational sociology  in operational environment of education
  • importance of the sociology of education knowledge in teacher’s work

Assessment criteria

The learning task will assess your contextual skills, knowledge management skills, and reflection skills by examining:

  Required skills
Contextual Skills
  • you are able to perceive your own progress in relation to your starting point in the context of the sociology of education, and,
  • your understanding of how, as a teacher, you are socially and culturally linked to the community, and your ability to apply such knowledge.
Knowledge management Skills
  • your ability to search for and select key sources of information on the relationship between society and education,
  • your ability to review your experiences and views of society and education, and the relationships between the data in the context of the sociology of education, and,
  • your ability to deal with the social and educational phenomena as a member of society in a structured and comprehensive way.
Reflection Skills
  • your ability to realistically assess and reflect on your own learning and set new objectives to develop your expertise.

Assessment  scale

  • Pass/Fail