PAM112 Philosophy of Education

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2022
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
prof. PhDr. Milan Pol, CSc. (lecturer)
Mgr. Roman Švaříček, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Milan Pol, CSc.
Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Zelená
Supplier department: Department of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 2 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/2, only registered: 0/2
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of the course is to bring student to a philosophical view of education. The course is based on interpretation of selected works by philosophers of education and continues towards students’ personal considerations of selected topics of the philosophy of educational process (e.g. human educability, relationship between an educator and an educated, an educated as a part of a community and others). The conclusion of the course is dedicated to problems of pedagogy from the point of view of philosophy of science. At the end of the course, students are able do distinguish among individual levels of pedagogical discourses and some students are able to identify a philosophical type of questioning.
Learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:
-identify the specifics of the main philosophical concepts in terms of goals, principles, curriculum, teacher-student relationship, forms and methods of teaching
- present the arguments used by the different philosophical concepts of education to defend their practices
- expertly discuss the advantages and the limits of the solutions that each philosophical concept offers for education
  • (1) Ideal school
  • (2) Ideal education
  • (3) Aims of ideal school
  • (4) Power of schooling and socialization
  • (5) Equity of educational system
  • (6) Curriculumcivil defence education
  • (7) Plato and allegory of the cave
  • (8) Working definition of ideal school
  • (9) Education and the meaning of life
  • (10) Relationship between teacher and pupil
    required literature
  • STROUHAL, Martin. Teorie výchovy : k vybraným problémům a perspektivám jedné pedagogické disciplíny. Vydání 1. Praha: Grada, 2013. 192 stran. ISBN 9788024742120. info
    recommended literature
  • PALOUŠ, Radim and Zuzana SVOBODOVÁ. Homo educandus : filosofické základy teorie výchovy. Vyd. 1. Praha: Karolinum, 2011. 166 s. ISBN 9788024619019. info
  • PALOUŠ, Radim. Paradoxy výchovy. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Karolinum, 2009. 111 s. ISBN 9788024616506. info
  • STARK, Stanislav. Filozofie člověka v historickém kontextu. 1. vyd. Plzeň: Katedra filozofie Filozofické fakulty Západočeské univerzity, 2008. 142 s. ISBN 9788070437117. info
  • STARK, Stanislav. Filozofie výchovy jako filosofie lidské aktivity a dialogu. 1. vyd. Plzeň: Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, 2006. 183 s. ISBN 8073800128. info
  • Současná filosofie sociálních věd :multikulturní přístup. Edited by Brian Fay - Jana Ogrocká. 1. vyd. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2002. 324 s. ISBN 80-86429-10-5. info
  • BREZINKA, Wolfgang. Východiska k poznání výchovy :úvod k základům vědy o výchově, k filozofii výchovy a k praktické pedagogice. 1. vyd. Brno: L. Marek, 2001. 310 s. ISBN 80-86263-23-1. info
  • PELCOVÁ, Naděžda. Vzorce lidství :filosofie o člověku a výchově. Vyd. 1. Praha: ISV, 2001. 163 s. ISBN 80-85866-64-1. info
  • PELCOVÁ, Naděžda. Filozofická a pedagogická antropologie. Vyd. 1. V Praze: Karolinum, 2000. 201 s. ISBN 8024600765. info
  • CORETH, Emerich. Co je člověk ? :základy filozofické antropologie. 2. vyd. Praha: ZVON, české katolické nakladatelství, 1996. 211 s. ISBN 80-7113-170-9. info
  • BREZINKA, Wolfgang. Filozofické základy výchovy. Translated by Ivan Ozarčuk. 1. vyd. Praha: Zvon, 1996. 213 s. ISBN 80-7113-169-5. info
  • KRATOCHVÍL, Zdeněk. Výchova, zřejmost, vědomí. V Praze: Herrmann & synové, 1995. 199 s. info
  • PALOUŠ, Radim. Čas výchovy. 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1991. 237 s. ISBN 8004254152. info
  • PALOUŠ, Radim. K filosofii výchovy : (východiska fundamentální agogiky). 1. vyd. Praha: Státní pedagogické nakladatelství, 1991. 119 s. ISBN 8004253903. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, discussion, self-instruction
Assessment methods
Teaching takes place in the form of seminars that require active participation of each student in joint discussions. An argument for the discussion is the sources of compulsory literature, a short demonstration of works read at seminars, film demonstrations and, last but not least, the own creative contributions of students in a debate in pairs or group.
1. Compulsory attendance
2. Active participation in discussions
3. Compulsory reading for the oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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