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Postgraduate Course: Philosophical Foundations of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice (EDUA11105)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 reflect on the most fundamental issues in the field of education (What is education? What is education for? Can these aims be reached and what is the most appropriate way? And how can we be sure to give an appropriate answer to the aforementioned questions?). At the same time students should be able to develop themselves a point of view based on a solid line of argumentation. In this course the following topics will be discussed:
┐ the nature and purposes of education (and of schooling)
┐ the content of the curriculum and the role of the educator
┐ the relation between education, society, culture, economy and politics
┐ the difference between maturation, education and indoctrination
┐ the possibilities and limitations inherent to scientific knowledge in the domain of
Education Studies
These questions are discussed from a wide variety of past and present intellectual perspectives. This course also aspires to give students an adequate and nuanced understanding of a variety of philosophical and theoretical approaches, and to show that such an understanding has bearings on actual educational practice and policy. The background here is that doing philosophy is also a way of life, i.e. doing philosophy itself ┐educates┐ the student and assists her in giving shape to her own life as a ┐master┐ in education.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have insight into the major models of western educational philosophy and theory
  2. have knowledge of philosophical concepts, ideas and theories that enable a critical understanding of contemporary educational issues
  3. have insight into the main characteristics of a pedagogical ethos (as a condition for appropriate action in an educational situation)
  4. be able to form a personal standpoint on important educational matters, that is both and theoretically and scientifically supported
  5. understand that practical decisions and policy making in education relate to choices for specific theoretical standpoints
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr James MacAllister
Tel: (0131 6)51 6631
Email: James.MacAllister@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Mairi Ross
Tel: (0131 6)51 6433
Email: Mairi.Ross@ed.ac.uk
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