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 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
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.
The course consists of a series of lectures and seminars.
The assessment is based on written assignments as well as on active participation during seminars.