Sociology of Education - OD0133015
Title: Sociology of Education
Guaranteed by: Ústav výzkumu a rozvoje vzdělávání (41-UVRV)
Faculty: Faculty of Education
Actual: from 2018
Semester: both
E-Credits: 0
Hours per week, examination: 0/0, Ex [HT]
Extent per academic year: 25 [hours]
Capacity: winter:unknown / unknown (unknown)
summer:unknown / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course is intended for doctoral students only
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
you can enroll for the course in winter and in summer semester
Guarantor: PhDr. David Greger, Ph.D.
doc. RNDr. Jana Straková, Ph.D.
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Last update: PhDr. Veronika Laufková, Ph.D. (18.11.2018)
This course will introduce the students to the basic theories of sociology of education and findings of major sociological research on education. The emphasis will be on understanding the relationship between education (as a process and as a result) and society, in both directions: how society affects the form of school education and how education may contribute to the development of society and employment of the individual. We will particularly focus on equal opportunities in education, mechanisms of reproduction of educational inequalities and the possibilities of intervention in the support of disadvantaged students.
Literature - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Veronika Laufková, Ph.D. (18.11.2018)

Doporučená přehledová literatura:

Arum, R.,  Beattie, I.R., and Ford, K. (2011) The Structure of Schooling: Readings in the Sociology of Education. (2nd Ed). Thousand Oakes, Sage.

Ballantine, J.H. (2001) The Sociology of Education. A Systemic Analysis. (5th Ed.). New Jersey, Prentice Hall.

Sadownik, A.R. (2010) Sociology of Education: A Critical Reader. (2nd Ed.) New York, Routledge.


Teaching methods - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Veronika Laufková, Ph.D. (18.11.2018)

The course will be provided in the form of block teaching, consisting  of five sessions per semester. The students will be required to read the assigned English literature as preparation for the session (“readings”). The lectures and discussions will assume knowledge of the assigned readings.

Requirements to the exam - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Veronika Laufková, Ph.D. (18.11.2018)

The course will conclude with an examination. The examination will be based on the discussion on the presented seminar paper dealing with a selected topic (the topic will be discussed and approved after consultation with the teachers).

Syllabus - Czech
Last update: PhDr. Veronika Laufková, Ph.D. (18.11.2018)


1.     Education and society – role of education for individuals and for society, political, economic and social functions of educational systems, past and present, current issues: competitiveness vs. social cohesion, preparation for labour market vs. citizenship education, globalization, individualization.

2.     Theoretical approaches in sociology of education – functionalism, conflictualism, interactionism, contemporary theories and systemic approach in sociology of education, school as an institution and organization (neo-institutionalism).

3.     School as an organization and institution – Neo-institutionalism and World Culture Theory and its critiques. Sociology of curriculum and the hidden curriculum; relationship of power and curriculum, organization of education (early selection, tracking/streaming.

4.     Social stratification and educational inequalities – social inequalities and education, educational mobility, theory of social and cultural reproduction (P. Bourdieu, B. Bernstein), Rational Action Theory, the concept of equal opportunities in education and the theory of justice. Overview of the basic foreign and domestic research into educational inequalities. Race, ethnicity and gender in education. International and national indicators of equity in education.

5.     Education of disadvantaged students – fair educational systems, positive discrimination / affirmative action – its defence and criticism, policy measures to support education of socio-culturally disadvantaged students, education of Roma.