Sociological Perspectives on Education: Contemporary Concerns and Current Issues

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνιολογικές Προσεγγίσεις της Εκπαίδευσης: Σύγχρονοι Προβληματισμοί και Επίκαιρα Ζητήματα / Sociological Perspectives on Education: Contemporary Concerns and Current Issues
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
Course ID600016404

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours2
Total Hours26
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After the end of the course the students - Will have understood the contribution of sociology of education in better understanding human behaviour - Will have understood the notion of the social construction of identities and of the child as a problem in the classroom - Will be sensitized in issues of social exclusion of pupils considered by the agents of education as different and faced as "the other" - Will be trainind in qualitative research methods through their participation in the research process
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is an attempt to understand contemporary issues of the school and of the ecuational process, dealing with children and adolescents and the development of their identities as pupils, under the influence of various social factors, through the critical perspective of the sociological approach of education. The course contains the following units: (a) Theoretical perspectives of Sociology of Education (b) Sociology of Education and Childhood Studies: a multi-disciplinary approach (c) Studying the child as a problem in the classroom, witht the aim to investigate how she/he is constructed by teachers, parents and peers. (d) Understanding the experience of professionals (e) Considering the development of interventions that would facilitate the collaboration of all agents of education and promote practices of inclusion.
Children, adolescents, classroom, teachers, identities
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment602.3
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities130.5
Written assigments501.9
Student Assessment
Students will be evaluated according to - Their presence in the classroom (20%) - Written essay (40%) - Critical presentation of a scientific article (in written) (20%) - Submission of a text reflecting the experience of the course (20%)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
  • Report (Summative)
Additional bibliography for study
Λάμνιας, Κ. (2002). Κοινωνιολογία της Εκπαίδευσης. Αθήνα:Μεταίχμιο Corsaro, A.W. (2005). The Sociology of Childhood.London: Sage Ball, J.S. (Ed) (2004). The Routledge Farmer Reader in Sociology of Education. Abington: Routledge Farmer Jenks Chr. (2005). Childhood. Londong: Routledge
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