Educational Governance: from Welfare State to Neoliberal Policies

Course Information
TitleΕκπαιδευτική διακυβέρνηση: από το κράτος πρόνοιας στις νεοφιλελεύθερες πολιτικές / Educational Governance: from Welfare State to Neoliberal Policies
SchoolPrimary Education
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorAristotelis Zmas
Course ID600015115

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Class ID
Course Type 2021
Specific Foundation
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Learning Outcomes
Having the course successfully completed, the students will be able to: 1) Discuss critically the reconstruction of education systems under the perspective of welfare state and neoliberal policies. 2) Explain the role that new actors (e.g. international organizations, NGOs, worldwide enterprises, philanthropic organizations) play in the global arena of educational governance. 3) Recognize the emergence of hybrid identities in educational field, researching the boundaries between global and local level as well as between public and private sector.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in an international context
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
Course Content (Syllabus)
1) Introduction 2) Welfare State, Neoliberalism and Education 3) State, Educational Decentralization and School Autonomy 4) Networks and Educational Governance 5) Globalisation and Education 6) Transnational Organisations and Educational Influences 7) Worldwide enterprises, Philanthropic Organizations and Privatization in Education 8) Hybrid Identities and Education: Oscillating between Public and Private Sector 9) Educational Governance, Numbers and Measurement of Educational “Quality” 10) Presentations of theses 11) Presentations of theses 12) Presentations of theses 13) Summary
Welfare State, Neoliberaslism, Educational Governance, Hyprid Identities
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
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 Assigment1003.3
Written assigments612.0
Student Assessment
1) Students have to participate actively in the discussions that will take place during the course, taking into account the readings (available in e-Learning) that rely to the topic of each lesson [Grade: 1]. 2) Presentation of a thesis: Students have to work individually, presenting an issue, which will be combined with one of the course’s topics. In order to define and formulate the topic of the thesis the students should come in contact with the instructor [Grade: 3]. 3) Creation of a written thesis: Students have to work individually, applying the knowledge and the skills that they developed during the course. In order to define and formulate the topic of the written thesis the students should come in contact with the instructor [Grade: 6].
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Corpus σημειώσεων / Corpus of texts
Additional bibliography for study
Ελληνόφωνη / In Greek Βρυνιώτη, Κ. (2017). Διεθνής διακυβέρνηση της εκπαίδευσης: Όραμα και πραγματικότητα. Αθήνα: Gutenberg. Μανουβέλος, Ε. (2010). Νέες Μορφές Διακυβέρνησης της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης. Πολιτικές Σύγκλισης και Πεδία Εφαρμογής. Αθήνα: Νομική Βιβλιοθήκη. Αγγλόφωνη / In English European Commission (2018). European ideas for better learning: the governance of school edu-cation systems. Brussels: European Commission. Franklin, B. M., Bloch, M. N. & Popkewitz, T. S. (Eds.) (2003). Educational Partnerships and the State: the Paradoxes of Governing Schools, Children, and Families. Basingstoke: Palgrave Mac-millan. Lee, S. & McBride, S. (Eds.) (2007). Neo-Liberalism, State Power and Global Governance. Dor-drecht: Springer. Jessop, B. (2008). State Power. Cambridge: Polity Press. Soguel, N. C. & Jaccard, P. (Eds.) (2008). Governance and Performance of Educational Systems. Dordrecht: Springer. Rosenau, J. N. & Czempiel, E. O. (Eds) (1992). Governance without Government. Order and Change in World Politics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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