The course is part of the Master Programme in Sociology of Education.
A student who successfully completed the course will be able to:
Summarise and analyse the general development of educational systems until the middle of the 20th century.
Explain how political and social struggles have shaped educational systems.
Summarise and critically value different theories and perspectives used to explain and investigate mass education and educational systems.
The course deals with the establishment and development of different educational systems in the 19th and first half of the 20th century. It treats the rise of mass education and the attempts to explain this development from different theoretical perspectives. It focuses on the material and economic pre conditions for schooling and learning as well as on the diffusion of educational systems and institutions through borrowing and transfer. The course also highlights the functions and aims assigned to education in different political systems. One central feature of the course is thus the relationship between political aims and struggles and the design of the educational system as such.
The course will consist of lectures and seminars
Examination will include active participation at course sessions and oral and/or written exams