Syllabus for Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Education

Pierre Bourdieus utbildningssociologi

Syllabus

  • 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:

    First cycle

    • 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

    Second cycle

    • 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: 2017-11-09
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2018
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree 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. It can also be given as an independent course.

Learning outcomes

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.

Content

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.

Instruction

The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars.

Assessment

The assessment is based on a written assignment as well as on active participation during seminars.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Bourdieu, Pierre Homo academicus

    Paris: Éd. de Minuit, 1984

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bourdieu, Pierre La noblesse d'État : grandes écoles et esprit de corps

    Paris: Minuit, 1989

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bourdieu, Pierre Méditations pascaliennes

    Paris: Seuil, 1997

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bourdieu, Pierre; Passeron, Jean-Claude La reproduction : Éléments pour une théorie du système d'enseignement

    Paris,c 1970: 1970

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Bourdieu, Pierre; Passeron, Jean-Claude 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)

    Find in the library

    Mandatory