Syllabus for Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Education
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A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 4UK086
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Sociology of Education 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: 2010-06-16
- Established by: The Faculty Board of Educational Sciences
- Revised: 2015-10-12
- Revised by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Autumn 2016
A Bachelor's degree corresponding to at least 180 credits, including at least 90 credits from disciplines pertaining to 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. It can also be given as an independent course.
After completion of the course students are expected to be able to:
- connect key concepts, methodological points-of-departure and research findings to each other in Pierre Bourdieu’s work in the area of sociology of education;
- analyse how theoretical concepts, methods and results are related to each other in Bourdieu’s empirical studies and discuss how these studies have developed over time;
- make use of some of Bourdieu’s key concepts in the analysis of issues or phenomena pertaining to the domain of sociology of education as well as motivate the choice of the selected concepts.
The course focuses on Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology of education, taking as a point of departure the sociologist’s central work on education.
Emphasis is given to:
- key concepts, methodological points-of-departure and main contributions in terms of findings or results;
- the relationship between concepts, methods and research findings;
- the use of key concepts in the analysis of issues and phenomena pertaining to the domain of sociology of education.
The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars.
The assessment is based on a written assignment as well as on active participation during seminars.
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Applies from: Autumn 2016
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Paris: Éd. de Minuit, 1984
La noblesse d'État : grandes écoles et esprit de corps
Paris: Minuit, 1989
Paris: Seuil, 1997
La reproduction : Éléments pour une théorie du système d'enseignement
Paris,c 1970: 1970
Les héritiers : les étudiants et la culture
Paris, c 1964: 1964
In English: The Inheritors. French students and their relation to Culture. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press, 1979 (108 pages)