Sociology of Education

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSES2022124

Semester and Year Offered: III/IV Semester

Course Coordinator: Dr. Rajshree Chanchal

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Pre-requisites: none

Course Objectives:

  1. Provide an understanding of the theoretical perspectives and framework that have emerged in the field of sociology of education
  2. It tries to map the development of sociology of education in India
  3. It aims to provide a conceptual understanding of major themes and debates that have emerged in the discipline.
  4. It aims to expose students to the contemporary educational issues and concerns at national as well as level international

Course Outcomes:

On successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. The students would be able to elaborate various theoretical perspectives and framework emerged in the field of sociology of education
  2. Students would be able to map the growth and development of sociology of education in India
  3. Students would be able to discuss and debate on the contemporary educational issues and concerns .

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

The course is conceptualised to introduce students to the ideas, concepts and theoretical framework in the field of sociology of education. The course is divided into three units. This course discusses the contribution of sociologist such as Durkheim, Dewey, Bernstein, and Bourdieu who have set mile stones in the study of education and society and in shaping of the discipline. Themes such as socialisation, social structure, social class and culture in the context of education will be discussed. To generate the spirit of enquiry and critical thinking amongst the students and exposes them to the contemporary debates and issues in the field of sociology of education

  • Module 1: Sociology of Education: Introduction
  • Module 2: Education and Sociology
  • Module 3: Education and Society: Contemporary Debates and Issues

Assessment Details with weights:

  • Attendance and Class Participation 10%
  • Class Test 20%
  • Term paper and presentation 30%
  • End Term Examination 40%

Reading List:

(The extended reading list will be shared during the Course Orientation)

  • Apple M, Ball J, and Gandin J (2010) Mapping the Sociology of Education: Social Context, Power and Knowledge in Michael W. Apple, Stephen J. Ball and Luis Armando Gandin (eds.) The Routledge International handbook of Sociology of Education, Oxon: Routledge
  • Ball, S (2004) The Routledge Falmer Reader in Sociology of Education. London and New York: Routledge Falmer, Introduction
  • Ball, S (2018) Global Education Policy: Reform and Profit, Revista de Estudios Teörcos y Epistemologicos en Politica Educative ,Vol 3, 1-15
  • Beck, Ulrich (1992) Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity. New Delhi: Sage.
  • Bourdieu, P and Passeron,J (1990) Reproduction in Education , Society and Culture. London: Sage Publications Ltd
  • Chanan, K (2001) Hinduism and Female Sexuality: Social Control and Education of Girls in India, Sociological Bulletin, Vol 5, (1) pp.297-315
  • Coleman, J. S. (1968). The Concept of Equality of Educational Opportunity. Harvard Educational Review, 38(1): 7-22.
  • Durkheim, E (1956) Education and Society, New York: Free Press
  • Lauder, H., Browun, P. and Halsey, A.H., (2009) Sociology of Education: A Critical History and Prospects for the Future, Oxford Review of Education, 35(4):569-585
  • Rao, S. Srinivasa (2002). Equality in Higher Education: Impact of Affirmative Action Policies in India, in E.F. Beckham (eds.) Global Collaborations: The Role of Higher Education in Diverse Democracies, Washington D C., Association of American Colleges and Universities, 41-62