Philosophy of Education (Module 26283)
This module will provide an introduction to the discipline of philosophy of education.
It is divided into three blocks:
- Key Concepts in Education will examine the core concepts of education, learning, teaching, indoctrination, knowledge, rationality and intelligence;
- The Aims of Education asks what children should learn and why, exploring influential ideas about worthwhile activities, forms of knowledge, critical thinking, vocational education, character education and child-centred education;
- Fairness, Freedom and Control will consider key questions about the organisation, governance and distribution of education, opening up debates about selective, private and faith-based education, access to higher education and equality of educational opportunity.
The School of Education is home to one of the largest groups of Philosophers of Education in the UK.
- By the end of this module you should be able to:
- A philosophically-informed understanding of key concepts in education and theoretical approaches to curriculum design
- a basic understanding of conceptual, epistemological and ethical problems and the methods of inquiry by which philosophers tackle them
- a basic appreciation of the arguments for and against a range of established positions in the field of philosophy of education
- an ability to think independently and intelligently about conceptual, epistemological and ethical questions
- an ability to communicate philosophical ideas and arguments clearly and persuasively
Professor Michael Hand
Lectures (20 hours), Seminars (20 hours); Guided independent study (160 hours)
Two 2,000 word essays (50% each)
Programmes associated with this module