Sociology of Education, Traditions

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 4UK028

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 and the Master's Programme in Educational Sciences with a Specialisation 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 the students are expected to be able to

  • characterise central research traditions in the social sciences and humanities of relevance to the sociology of education
  • recognise differences and similarities between these traditions when it comes to the construction of research objects, the identification of research questions, and the choices and usages of empirical data and research methods.
  • analyse the relationship between education and social class


The course treats works of classic and modern authors representing central traditions in the social sciences and humanities of relevance to the sociology of education.

Emphasis is given to

  • the work of particularly influential classic and modern authors as well as to fundamental questions and issues in the social sciences
  • key concepts and vocabulary in the social sciences with particular attention to those used in the sociology of education
  • relationship between education and social class


The course consists of lectures and seminars.


The assessment is based on a written assignment.

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.