Pierre Bourdieu's Sociology of Education

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 4UK086

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, 9 November 2017
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 including at least 90 credits from a discipline pertaining to the 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.

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.