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413067S Sosiology of education, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 413067S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Sosiology of education  Abbreviation Sosiology of ed 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline2505 Education 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Education 

Ulvinen, Veli-Matti Terho 

ECTS Credits 


Language of instruction 



4th or 5th year

Learning outcomes 

Depending on the student's own choice and interests, s/he acquaints him/herself with a project related to the sociology of education. After completing the course the student is able

  • to evaluate the meaning of expertise in sociology of education for working life in the fields of education

  • to analyze different ways of promoting the development of the educational system


The student completes the project work in sociology of education as a book exam, essay, a series of substitutive lectures or in some other way, for instance by participating in a research project or some project in the Faculty of Education for the development of educational expertise and working life skills. Agreement on the study method, literature and other issues related to project work shall be made with the instructor.

Mode of delivery 

Independent work

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Independent work 135h

Target group 

Master's level students / Pedagogical Institutions and Expertise

Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Basic and intermediate studies in education

Recommended optional programme components 

The course is part of the optional advanced studies in education

Recommended or required reading 

Applicable parts of 5 books from the following:

  • Aittola, T. (toim.). (2012). Kasvatussosiologian suunnannäyttäjiä. Helsinki, Finland: Gaudeamus.
  • Apple, M. W., Ball, S. J., & Gandin, L. A. (Eds.). (2010). The Routledge international handbook of the sociology of education. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Arum, R., Beattie, I. R., & Ford, K. (Eds.). (2011). The structure of schooling: Readings in the sociology of education. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Ballantine, J. H., & Spade, J. Z. (Eds.). (2012). Schools and society: A sociological approach to education. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • Demaine, J. (Ed.). (2001). Sociology of education today. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave.
  • Luhmann, N., & Schorr, K.-E. (2000). Problems of reflection in the system of education. Münster, Germany: Waxmann.
  • Rizvi, F., & Lingard, B. (2010). Globalizing education policy. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Simola, H. (Ed.). (2014). Finnish education mystery: Historical and sociological essays on schooling in Finland. London, United Kingdom: Routledge.
  • Torres, C. A., & Antikainen, A. (Eds.). (2003). The international handbook on the sociology of education: An international assessment of new research and theory. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
  • Verdugo, R. R. (Ed.). (2014). Educational reform in Europe: History, culture, and ideology. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Assessment methods and criteria 

Examination, essay or other type of project work (to be negotiated with instructor).

Criteria for assessment:

  • 0 = work is unfinished, fragmentary; presented matters are not connected to the theme of the course, only few references.

  • 1 = work is very superficial, disconnected matters are presented, and references are weakly used.

  • 2 = work is superficial, matters are disconnected in some places, references are satisfactorily used.

  • 3 = work contains reflection on the theme, matters are connected to each other, there is a plot in the work, using references is at a good level.

  • 4 = work is structured and presented in an analytical way, matters are well connected to each other, using references is mainly at a very good level.

  • 5 = work is structured and presented in a systematic and analytical way, matters are connected to each other very well, the using of references is excellent.



Person responsible 

Veli-Matti Ulvinen


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