Syllabus for Current Transformations of Educational Systems
Samtida transformationer av utbildningssystem
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 4PE118
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Educational Sciences A1N
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2015-03-11
- Established by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Autumn 2015
A Bachelor's degree corresponding to at least 180 credits, including at least 90 credits from a discipline pertaining to the social sciences or the humanities.
- Responsible department: Department of Education
Decisions and guidelines
The course is part of the Master's Programme in Sociology of Education and the Master's Programme in Educational Sciences with a Specialisation in Sociology of Education. It can also be given as an independent course.
After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- describe new modes of governance in education and analyse how they affect contemporary educational systems
- compare the transformation of educational systems in different countries and analyse differences and similarities in structure, organisation and usage
- analyse how the re-organisation of educational systems in terms of marketisation, privatisation, and internationalisation has changed the conditions for institutions, professions and social groups
- give short oral presentations
The course deals with contemporary transformations of educational systems in different countries. It focuses particularly on the emergence of new modes of governance, marketisation, privatisation and internationalisation and how these have changed the conditions for educational institutions, professions and social groups.
Lectures, seminars and workshops.
The assessment is based on oral and written assignments.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Autumn 2018)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2015)
Applies from: Autumn 2015
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Abbott, Andrew Delano.
The system of professions : an essay on the division of expert labor
Enskede: TPB, 2008
Privatising education policy, privatising educational research
Part of:Journal of education policy
Introduction: Trust and Professionalism: Challenges and occupational changes
Part of:Current sociology
The Sociology of Market
Part of:Annual review of sociology.
The managerial school : post-welfarism and social justice in education
London: Routledge, 2002
Goyette, Kimberly A.;
Choosing homes, choosing schools
New York, New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 
School and Competitive Incentives : Mapping the Distribution of Educational Opportunities across Local Education Markets
Part of:American journal of education
New Production of Knowledge
Sage Publications, 1994
The Humboldtian tradition : origins and legacies
Leiden: Brill, 
Chapter: Hasselberg, Ylva: "Reclaiming norms: The value of normative structures for the university as workplace and enterprise."
Transformations in Research, Higher Education and the Academic Market : The Breakdown of Scientific Thought
Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands, 2013
The rise of the new professionals? : The structuring of primary teachers' work and professionalism.
Part of:British journal of sociology of education.
van Zanten, Agnes
A good match: appraising worth and estimating quality in school choice
Part of:Constructing quality : the classification of goods in markets
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013