Education in a Changing World

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

In this course you will explore Education as a social institution charged with communicating the knowledge, skills and cultural values that society considers most important. We will look at how the aims of Education have changed over time in response to changing and competing views of what is considered a ‘good society’ and ‘good person’, as well as changes that come from new understandings of a constantly changing world. We will also look at the way Education continues to change in the context of new communication technologies, globalization and climate change.

Course Instructors

Dr. Ross Boyd

Since 1995 Ross has taught a wide range of university topics, including in the field of the sociology of education, at undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level.Ross has also published in the field of the sociology of education, including the book Culture and Education (2007, co-author) along with a number of scholarly articles and conference papers. Recently he has collaborated on research into environmental justice and ecological-social resilience. He is currently writing on suffering, art and the links between the global shadow and legitimate economies.

Course Description

What's it about?

In this course you will explore Education as a social institution charged with communicating the knowledge, skills and cultural values that society considers most important.

In this course you will explore Education as a social institution charged with communicating the knowledge, skills and cultural values that society considers most important.

We will look at how the aims of Education have changed over time in response to changing and competing views of what is considered a ‘good society’ and ‘good person’, as well as changes that come from new understandings of a constantly changing world.

We will also look at the way Education continues to change in the context of new communication technologies, globalization and climate change.

What's involved?

Module 1For what Purposes? Education in Society and Debates over the Aims of Education
10 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Give me the Child until Seven: Childhood, Adolescence and Education
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3What Knowledge is of Most Worth? The Curriculum
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Literacy in a Changing World
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

On completing this course you will have a sound understanding of:

  • What it means to refer to education as a social institution and the roles it plays in society.
  • The major positions in debates over the aims of education, including:
    • Securing social integration
    • Providing a skilled workforce
    • Promoting freedom
    • Redressing social inequalities
  • How cultural understandings of the transition from childhood to adulthood have changed over time, and how education has been shaped by and helped shape these understandings.
  • How and why the curriculum has historically changed, and the current state of curriculum debates.
  • The way the concept of literacy is having to be rethought as a result of changes that include:
    • The information and communications revolution
    • Globalization
    • Climate change

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours 10 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

Where to from here?

If you love this course, why not take your studies further? Here are some accredited qualifications that could help you achieve your goals.

Where could this lead me?

If you're wondering what your future could look like in this area, here are some potential careers you could head towards.

  • Teacher
  • Sociologist
  • Community, Youth & Human services worker
  • Education administrator
  • Education policy development officer

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