To view your Unit Outline, click View to log in to MyUC and access this information, or visit your Unit’s Moodle site. Consisting of a series of essays written by professional philosophers entirely outside the discipline of philosophy of education, the collection cites almost none of the work published within the discipline; because the philosophers have no doubts about the status of the discipline of philosophy of education, they have few qualms about speaking authoritatively about what philosophy has to say to educators.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78) famously insisted that formal education, like society itself, is inevitably corrupting; he argued that education should enable the natural” and free” development of children, a view that eventually led to the modern movement known as open education.” These ideas are in some ways reflected in 20th-century progressivism,” a movement often (but not always accurately) associated with Dewey.
Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement.
Modules within the Education Studies part of the degree will cover a range of themes including, for example, the historical development of education, learning cultures and approaches to learning, the philosophy of learning and education, and the legal frameworks within which education operates today.
In your first year of study, you will undertake modules that will enable you to explore key educational debates regarding the relations between learning, knowledge, and education in contemporary society; this will provide an overview of the associated aims and values which have underpinned education.