Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Education

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 4UK086

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Sociology of Education A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 12 October 2015
Responsible department
Department of Education

General provisions

The course is part of the Master's Programme in Sociology of Education. It can also be given as an independent course.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree corresponding to at least 180 credits, including at least 90 credits from disciplines pertaining to social sciences or the humanities.

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.


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.