General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Sociology Of Education
Language English
Module lecturer dr Dobrochna Hildebrandt-Wypych
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position adiunkt
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2024/2025 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-SE-11-a


Module aim (aims)

1. Students will learn fundamental theories and ideological concepts concerning social role of education that will enable them to understand, analyze and formulate questions and answers to various problems of social functioning of contemporary schools.2. Students will learn to integrate theory and empirical evidence, research and school practice and – as a result – develop various sociological perspectives of studying education.3. Students will learn to use both theory and empirical research to analyze critically various ideas within the historical and contemporary discourse about the social/political role of school/education4. Students will develop skills to use analytic methods to critically analyze educational texts and educational practices.Assessment based on: - class attendance - participation in class discussions based on prior access to literature/empirical research - written assignment (final essay)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)



1. Schools as social organizations2. School from the structural-functionalist perspective3. School from the critical and post-structural perspectives4. Ideologies of education – democratic vs. authoritarian education5. The hidden curriculum6. Ethnicity, gender, religion, language and culture – education as a path to (in)equality7. National and cross-national perspectives on schooling – globalization, Europeanization and national policies intertwined

Reading list

Selected Course Reading ListArum R., Beattie I.R., Ford K. (2015), The Structure of Schooling. Readings in the Sociology of Education, Sage PublicationsBall S. (2002) Class Strategies and the Education Market: The Middle Classes and Social Advantage London: RoutledgeBall S. (2004) ‘The Sociology of Education: A disputational account’ in S. Ball (Ed) The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Sociology of Education. London: RoutledgeFalmer.Butler J. (1988) Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory Theatre Journal, Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 519-531.Dale R. (2001) Shaping the sociology of education over half a century, in J. Demaine (Ed) Sociology of Education Today. Basingstoke: Palgrave.Alon Sigal. 2009. “The evolution of class inequality in higher education: Competition, exclusion, and adaptation.” American Sociological Review 74(5): 731-755Giddens A. (1971) Capitalism and Modern Social Theory: An Analysis of the Writings of Marx, Durkheim and Max Weber, Cambridge University PressFoucault M. (1995) Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Second Vintage Books Edition, Random HouseBowles S. and Gintis H. (1976). Beyond the Educational Frontier: The Great American Dream Freeze