University Homepage
DRPS Homepage
DRPS Search
DRPS Contact
DRPS : Course Catalogue : Moray House School of Education : Education

Postgraduate Course: Ethics and Education : The Normative Dimensions of Education (EDUA11188)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course offers master students the possibility to identify ethical issues that may arise when working in the field of education and to find a way of responding appropriately. The many things we do as educationalists imply that the lives of others, as well as the quality of the world we live in, may be affected to a smaller or larger extent. As such, this course prepares students to deal with decision-making, setting an example oneself as educationalists, organizing educational programs or community work projects, etc. The starting points of this course are that the work of the educationalist cannot be reduced to a technical skill, and furthermore that true educational action requires more than expert knowledge and professional competences alone. Rather, this course approaches education as a matter of care, i.e. as a way of relating to oneself, to others and to the world which involves oneself as a whole person. Another focus throughout this course is that educating is a highly embodied practice, and that ethical considerations should take this into account. Various themes are discussed (such as equality, justice, citizenship, the value of tradition, the role of humor and laughter) from a wide variety of past and present intellectual perspectives.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. be able to distinguish normative from other (theoretical or practical) educational questions.
  2. appreciate some of main educational issues in which ethical questions are implicated.
  3. have insight in major philosophical concepts, ideas and theories, and be able to form a personal standpoint on important ethical issues in education.
  4. be able to explore the implications of moral and normative issues for educational policy.
  5. be aware of the exceptional importance of the personality of the educator and of the role and importance of personal self-formation
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is open to students from other schools, however, please contact the course secretary prior to enrolling your Tutee in order to verify that there is space available; students on MSc Educational Research and MSc Education have priority.
Keywordsethics, education, moral
Course organiserDr Joris Vlieghe
Tel: (0131 6)51 6251
Course secretaryMs Mairi Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
Help & Information
Search DPTs and Courses
Degree Programmes
Browse DPTs
Humanities and Social Science
Science and Engineering
Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Other Information
Combined Course Timetable
Important Information