Contemporary and Historical Controversy in the Philosophy of Education

10 Units

In this course students will be introduced to a selected history of philosophical thought in education and connected contemporary debates relating to perennial philosophical problems, the conceptualisation of pedagogies in a variety of fields, contested roles of the state, institutions and teachers in society and a range of interpretations of the nature and purposes of education.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Education

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Learning Outcomes

This course provides students with the opportunity to:

  1. discuss a range of philosophical approaches to perennial educational issues;
  2. critically engage in debate around the roles of educators and schooling institutions in society and the contested nature, purpose or aims of education;
  3. articulate a coherent philosophical analysis of a conceptual problem in education; and
  4. demonstrate cogent reasoning and understanding of philosophical questioning and problems in education.

The following questions are foundational to the content of the course:

  • What should be the aims or purposes of education?
  • What does it mean to become educated or to have educational experiences?
  • What are the relationships between notions of pedagogy, the self, language, world and knowledge to educational value?
  • What roles should the state, society, teachers and learners play in education? The course examines the following perspectives on the questions above:

  • The Ancients’, education and human flourishing (eudaimonia)

  • Enlightenment education and social engineering
  • Democracy, pragmatism and progressive education
  • Continental philosophies and notions of bildung (the holistic shaping of persons)
  • Critical contributions from gendered and post-colonial perspectives and philosophies of difference
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 2 50% A 2500 word critical position paper articulating an educational debate with reference to contemporary and historical philosophy.
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assessment Item 1 50% A 2500 word conceptual analysis of a relevant question in the philosophy of education dialoguing with historical perspectives.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for EDUC6293
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