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Postgraduate Course: Philosophy of Education - Future Directions (EDUA11453)

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
SummaryThe aim of the course is to critically engage with current discourses in and surrounding education, with particular focus on exploring how education is positioned in relation to visions of the 'future'. Students will reflect on how education is embedded in these discourses and use different philosophies to critically interrogate their implications for how we define, understand, and practice education today. The course also inquires into pedagogies and educational practices that seek to provide potential answers to the current challenges facing educational theory, policy, and practice.
Course description This course examines current discourses in education with a high cultural, political, social relevance from a philosophical stance. By exploring a set of current issues in education (e.g., the relationship between education and technology, work, democracy), this course will critically interrogate how education is embedded within certain dystopian and utopian ideas of the future, and reflect on how that shapes our understanding of the nature and aims of education from a variety of perspectives. In the course, students will engage with contemporary and classic philosophical literature, policy documents, as well as works of fiction, film, and other creative works of art.
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
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  23
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1. Essay (2500 words, 70% weighting)
2. Group presentation + handout (30% weighting)
Feedback Asynchronous homework tasks will provide feedback opportunity throughout the course. In addition, prior to submission, there will be a feedforward opportunity for assessment component 1.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical engagement with different kinds of text to reflect on how education is positioned in relation to current discourses.
  2. Articulate critically how current discourses shape how we understand, theorise and practice education today.
  3. Demonstrate a critical and reflective understanding of different philosophical and theoretical frameworks and how they apply to the course topic.
  4. Explore and critically consider how pedagogy and different educational practices might respond to current issues and challenges.
Reading List
Smeyers, P. (Ed.) (2018). International Handbook of Philosophy of Education. Springer International Publishing.

Haraway, D. (2016). Staying with the trouble. Making Kin the Chthulucene. Duke University Press.

Di Leo, J. (2020). Catastrophe and Higher Education. Neoliberalism, Theory, and the Future of the Humanities. Palgrave.

Lugones, Mar A. (2003). Pilgrimages. Peregrinajes. Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Hodgson, N., Vlieghe, J., Zamojski, P. (2017). Manifesto for a post-critical pedagogy. Punctum books.

Biesta, G. (2021). World-Centred Education. A View for the Present. Routledge.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - This course supports students in becoming critical thinkers and skilled communicators.
- This course provides opportunity for students to develop skills in philosophical inquiry to identify and creatively tackle problems.
- In this course, students are asked to demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues in education (SCQF Level 11, characteristic 1).
- In this course, students are required to deal with complex issues in education and make informed judgements in the absence of complete or consistent data/information about them (SCQF Level 11, characteristic 3).
KeywordsPhilosophy of Education,Future,Technology,Democracy,Society
Course organiserDr Aline Nardo
Tel: (0131 6)51 6120
Course secretaryMiss Mariana Duarte
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