PGB006 Sociology of Education

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2024
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught in person.
Tomáš Lintner, MA (lecturer)
prof. Mgr. Klára Šeďová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. Mgr. Klára Šeďová, Ph.D.
Department of Educational Sciences – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Zelená
Supplier department: Department of Educational Sciences – Faculty of Arts
Mon 8:00–9:40 C11, except Mon 15. 4.
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 60 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 24/60, only registered: 0/60
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The Sociology of Education course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic relationship between society and education. By adopting a sociological perspective, the course delves into the intricate processes that shape and are shaped by education. It explores how educational systems and institutions reflect and influence broader societal structures, values, and inequalities. Throughout the course, students will examine the multifaceted roles of various actors involved in education, including students, teachers, parents, policymakers, and educational institutions. By analyzing these actors' interactions, beliefs, and practices, students gain insight into the social forces that impact educational experiences and outcomes. Drawing from a wide range of sociological paradigms, the course encourages students to critically analyze education as a social institution.
Learning outcomes
By the end of this course;
- Students will have acquired a comprehensive understanding of the key concepts, theories, and methodologies used in the field of Sociology of Education.
- Students will develop the ability to critically analyze the intricate relationship between education and society. They will be able to examine how educational processes, structures, and institutions are shaped by social factors such as class, race, gender, and culture.
- Students will gain insight into the roles played by various actors within the educational sphere, including children, teachers, families, and policymakers.
- Through studying the school as an institution and teaching as a profession, students will develop a nuanced understanding of the complex dynamics within educational settings. They will examine the organizational structures, power dynamics, and institutional practices that shape the educational environment.
- Students will explore the family as a source of educational inequalities, considering the impact of socio-economic backgrounds, cultural capital, and parental involvement on educational outcomes. They will also analyze the broader educational system as a source of inequalities, examining factors such as tracking, standardized testing, and access to resources.
- Students will develop an awareness of the challenges and crises that education faces in contemporary society. They will examine the impact of societal issues such as poverty, globalization, and technological advancements on education.
- Students will critically engage with the concept of a knowledge society and its implications for education.
  • 1. Introduction to sociology of education
  • 2. Children as social actors
  • 3. School as institution
  • 4. Teaching as profession
  • 5. Family as a source of inequalities in education
  • 6. Educational system as a source of inequalities in education
  • 7. Societal crises as challenges in education
  • 8. Knowledge society as a vision of future
Teaching methods
in-person lessons, online materials
Assessment methods
compulsory attendance of all lessons, completion of weekly tasks, and a final oral exam
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020, Spring 2021, Spring 2022, Spring 2023, Spring 2025.
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