Syllabus for Sociology of Power, Elites and Elite Education

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A revised version of the syllabus is available.

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 4PE117
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Educational Sciences A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2015-10-12
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 35, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 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 Programme in Sociology of Education and the Master Programme in Educational Sciences with a Specialisation 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

  • describe how power, elites and elite education are conceptualised in various traditions with relevance to sociology of education
  • critically evaluate the scientific usefulness of conceptual tools and research methods for studying power, elites and elite education
  • analyse the relation between power, elites and elite education historically and in particular countries
  • analyse the impact of globalisation on power, elites and elite education
  • critically examine how power is exercised, mediated and built up in particular social settings

Content

The course focuses on the relationship between power, elites and elite education. Using a historical and comparative perspective it examines the relation between elites and the structure of the field of power in various countries. It further explores the role of educational institutions in the selection to and reproduction of elites and the field of power. The course also addresses theoretical and methodological issues related to the study of power, elites and elite education, such as how they are affected by globalisation or how power is exercised, mediated and built up in particular social settings such as colonialism.

Instruction

The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars.

Assessment

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

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 03, 2016

Historical perspectives on power, elites and elite education

  • Charle, Christophe Elite Formation in Late Nineteenth Century : France Compared to Britain and Germany

    Part of:

    Historical social research : Historische Sozialforschung.

    Kèoln: Published jointly by QUANTUM [and] Zentrum fèur Historische Sozialforschung, 1979-

    vol. 33 (2008) nr. 2 (124) s. 249-261

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    Mandatory

  • Elias, Norbert The civilizing process. : Vol. 2 State formation and civilization

    Oxford: Blackwell, 1982

    pp 183-436

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    Mandatory

Theories and studies on power and elites

  • Bottomore, T. B. Elites and society

    2nd ed.: London: Routledge, 1993

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    Mandatory

  • Hoffman-Lange, Ursula Vertical and Horizontal Accountability of Global Elites : Some Theoretical Reflections and a Preliminary Research Agenda

    Part of:

    Historical social research : Historische Sozialforschung.

    Kèoln: Published jointly by QUANTUM [and] Zentrum fèur Historische Sozialforschung, 1979-

    vol. 37 (2012) nr. 1 (139) s. 193-208

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    Mandatory

  • Kahn, Shanus Rahman The Sociology of Elites

    Part of:

    Annual review of sociology

    Palo Alto, Calif.: Annual Reviews Inc., 1975-

    vol. 38 (2012) s. 361-377

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    Mandatory

  • Ljunggren, Joern Elitist Egalitarianism : Negotiating Culture in the Norwegian Cultural Elite

    Part of:

    Sociology.

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    Mandatory

  • Savage, Michael; Williams, Karel Remembering elites

    Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub., 2008

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    Mandatory

Studies of Elite Educations

  • Cookson, Peter W.; Persell, Caroline H. English and American Residential Schools : A Comparative Study of the Reproduction of Social Elites

    Part of:

    Comparative education review.

    vol. 29 (1985) nr. 3 s. 283-298

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    Mandatory

  • Khan, Shamus Rahman Privilege : the making of an adolescent elite at St. Paul's School

    2011

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    Mandatory

  • Weenink, Don "Cosmopolitanism as a Form of Capital: Parents Preparing their children for a Globalizing World" : Sociology 2008; pp. 1089-1106

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    Mandatory

  • Yea, Rebecca; Nylander, Erik The Transnational Track : State Sponsorship and Singapore's Oxbridge Elite

    Part of:

    British journal of sociology of education.

    vol. 36 (2015) nr. 1 s. 11-33

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    Mandatory

  • Hartmann, Michael National Education Systems and Elite Recruitment

    Part of:

    Hartmann, Michael The sociology of elites

    London: Routledge, 2007

    s. 61-87

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    Mandatory