In my day-to-day life, do I enough take a step back and challenge my own views and values? How to discuss about these topics with my co-workers or students?

This course will introduce you to the basic discipline of the Sociology of Education, the basic terminology, theoretical concepts and perspectives. It will also examine the roles and behavior of the teacher and the student, the gender debate, social justice and ethnicity. Finally, it will guide you to think of the future of education, to try to look beyond the boundaries.

Modes of study

Prescribed and self-selected reading, online learning sessions and assignments. Final submission of assignments before the end of December 2019. You will find the learning materials and assignments in the Optima online learning environment.

Note: Previously completed university level studies in Educational Sciences or Adult Education or Vocational Pedagogy can be substituted for this course.

Literature  

Meighan, R. & Harber, C. 2007. A sociology of educating. New York:

Intended learning outcomes

The student will understand the basic concepts of education sociology and is able to analyse issues related to education as social and cultural phenomena.

Acquiring competence

You can acquire the competence required by this course by participating in the online course and completing the learning assignments and reflection tasks.

Previously completed university level studies in Educational Sciences or Adult Education Sciences can be substituted for this course.

Demonstrating competence

You can demonstrate the competence required by this course by completing the learning assignments and reflection tasks  in an approved manner.

Assessment of learning process and competence

In this course, we will assess future skills and reflective skills. The tools for assessing the learning process are learning tasks and self-assessment tasks as well as the peer assessment feedback.

The teacher educator makes the assessment decision once all the learning tasks have been completed. The assessment decision is made on a pass/fail scale. The assessment material consists of the learning tasks of the course.