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Philosophy of education

  • Number of credits 7.5 Credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Study form Web-based (online)
  • Starting Spring Term 2018

About the course

The philosophy of education touches on several core areas of philosophy, including epistemology, the philosophy of mind and of language, and social, moral and political philosophy.
This course will focus primarily but not exclusively on the political aspects of education. For students with prior knowledge of political philosophy, the course offers in depth study of some central political issues. For students with a background in education, such as teachers, the course offers an introduction to philosophy and in particular political philosophy, with education as the recurring area of application.
Topics covered include the use of grades, the privatization of schools, equality in education, school choice, the content of the curriculum and parents' influence over their children's education.

Readings include a number of fundamental texts in the philosophy and history of education - from classics such as Plato, Rousseau and Dewey, to recent contributions by Gutmann, Brighouse and Noddings. The course will further students' understanding of such fundamental concepts in philosophy as freedom, power, equality, knowledge and the good life.


Application and eligibility

Philosophy of education, 7.5 hp

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Spring Term 2018 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen


Lectures begin on week starting 15 January 2018


Lectures end during the week of 19 March 2018

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Type of studies

Mixed, 50%, Distance

Number of mandatory meetings

No mandatory meetings.

Number of on campus meetings

No on campus meetings.

Outline for distance course

The course requires access to a computer with internet connection, as well as a webcam and a headset which can be connected to the computer.

Required Knowledge

90 ECTS courses in philosophy or education, or a Bachelors degree (180 ECTS), or the equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English A (IELTS (Academic) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and no individual score below 5.0. TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) with a minimum total score of 530 and a minimum TWE score of 4. TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) with a minimum total score of 72 and a minimum score of 17 on the Writing Section). Where the language of instruction is Swedish, applicants must prove proficiency in Swedish to the level required for basic eligibility for higher studies.


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Application deadline was 16 October 2017. The application period is closed.

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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