20 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: No


Aims/Description: This module will explore the importance of philosophy to the study of education. It covers key moments in the history of Western philosophy, focusing on the question of modernity (What is modernity? What are its ramifications for education?). The module will investigate the consequences of late modernity for present day education, a period in which the aims and purposes of education have become increasingly unclear, leaving education open to the rise of instrumentalism and the forces of capital. Overall the module offers a critique of common assumptions in education, provoking questioning about its nature and purposes.

Restrictions on availability: No

Staff Contact: ALLEN ANSGAR
Teaching Methods: Seminars, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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