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EDUC3029 Sociology of Education

Module Overview

This module offers a critical perspective on the ways in which education is organised and delivered, the values and power relationships that underpin it, and the outcomes it produces. You will be introduced to a variety of sociology of education theories, enabling you to critically evaluate education systems, processes and practices. You will explore a range of current issues and debates, e.g. those relating to the (re)production of inequalities, the sociology of knowledge, and school-to-work transitions. Finally, you will investigate alternative approaches to education.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

- Provide a critical perspective on the ways in which education is organised and delivered as well as investigate alternative approaches to education; - Examine the values and power relationships that underpin education and educational outcomes through a variety of sociology of education theories and develop your ability to critically evaluate education systems, processes and practices. - Explore a range of current issues and debates, e.g. those relating to the (re)production of inequalities, the sociology of knowledge, and school-to-work transitions

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Conceptualise and understand the theoretical underpinning between educational processes and systemic inequalities.
  • Situate the educational systems in their historical and cultural contexts and understand the influences that have moulded them.
  • Critically evaluate a range of sociology of education perspectives and apply them to processes and practices in education.
  • Process and synthesise empirical and theoretical data, to create new syntheses and to present and justify a chosen position having drawn on relevant theoretical perspectives.

Syllabus

Topics normally covered in this module will include: - Different perspectives and approaches in the sociology of education; - The contribution of education systems and processes to the production and re-production of social inequalities (including class, gender and race); - Educational and career decision-making and school-to-work transitions; - Alternative approaches to education.

Special Features

This module will draw on current research interests of academic staff at Southampton Education School.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Typically, this module is taught through 8 sessions of two hours (combining a lecture and a seminar element), plus 1 week of group tutorials. Students are required to prepare for scheduled sessions through the prior reading as indicated in the Module Handbook. Beyond this, students are expected to engage in wider reading and follow-up of scheduled sessions.

TypeHours
Independent Study132
Teaching18
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Key texts. Key texts are available in the Library. A range of electronic resources will be made available via Blackboard, as and when appropriate.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (4000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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