SODA008 Philosophical Antropology in the Context of Social Education

Faculty of Education
Autumn 2024
Extent and Intensity
0/0/0. 10 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Michal Kaplánek, Th.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Michal Kaplánek, Th.D.
Department of Social Education – Faculty of Education
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Štěpařová
Supplier department: Department of Social Education – Faculty of Education
The course is designed as a mandatory in the PhD study programme of Social Education.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is offered to students of any study field.
Course objectives
In the background of every educative action, therefore also in the work of every social educator, there is a certain view of a man, certain anthropology. This view of a man is sometimes explicitly expressed through philosophical discourse, even though it is, more often, present implicitly, be it in educational concepts or principles of social work, by which a social educator is driven, or in his practical procedures. Through the content of this course students will be acquainted with selected trends in philosophy of education, which form the theoretical base of social education. Equally important are ideological principles represented by the Anglosaxon concept of social work. Having completed the course students will be able to identify ideological background of every project aimed at helping people who might be threatened by social exclusion, thus “reconstructing“ philosophical concepts which make the projects plausible.
Learning outcomes
The PhD students will be able to: • characterise basic concepts of social education and explain philosophical trends on which these concepts are based; • formulate strong and weak points of individual anthropological concepts which form the backbone of social education and social work; • identify principles present in a particular social project on which it is based; • evaluate a selected social project from the ethical point of view (impact on human relationships, on the environment); • propose a solution to current problems in the field of social education based on a chosen philosophical discourse.
  • 1. Four basic concepts of social education (Bakošová) and their anthropological background. 2. Empirical theories of education (H. Beck). 3. Dilemma of social education: searching for balance between an adjustment and individual development. 4. Question of freedom in personalism and phenomenology (Maritain, Ricoer, Pieper, Sokol). 5. Education as “cultivation“ and upbringing as “paideia“ (Palouš) 6. “Economic base and ideological superstructure“ – fascinated by marxism. 7. Criticism of the aims of modern education – “Heretic school“ – fascinated by Comenius. 8. Experience and/or education – fascinated by a method. 9. A child and a young man as a “client“ – fascinated by liberty and equality.
    required literature
  • MCKENZIE, Marcia and Andrew BIELER. Critical education and sociomaterial practice : narration, place, and the social. New York: Peter Lang, 2016, xvi, 184. ISBN 9781433115042. info
  • FREIRE, Paulo. Pedagogy of hope : reliving pedagogy of the oppressed. Edited by Ana Maria Araújo Freire, Translated by Robert R. Barr. First published. Sydney: Bloomsbury, 2014, 226 stran. ISBN 9781472533401. info
    recommended literature
  • Paulo Freire : the global legacy. Edited by Ana Maria Araújo Freire - Michael Peters - Tina Besley. New York: Peter Lang, 2015, xxiii, 604. ISBN 9781433125324. info
  • PAYNE, Malcolm. Modern social work theory. 4th edition. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, xxii, 441. ISBN 9780230249608. info
  • ARCHAKIS, Argiris and Villy TSAKONA. The narrative construction of identities in critical education. First published. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, viii, 211. ISBN 9780230313958. info
  • Religion and coping in mental health care. Edited by Joseph Pieper - Marinus van Uden. New York: Rodopi, 2005, 180 p. ISBN 9789042019973. info
  • PIEPER, Josef. Happiness and contemplation. Translated by Richard Winston - Clara Winston. London: Faber and Faber, 1969, 128 s. info
  • LUCKMANN, Thomas. The Invisible Religion. The Problem of Religion in Modern Society. New York: The Macmillan Company. 1967. info
Teaching methods
lecture, discussion, workshop, evaluation feedback.
Assessment methods
oral examination
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The content of the oral examination is the defense of the philosophical part of the dissertation.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2023, Spring 2024, Spring 2025.
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