This course is discontinued

UV9407 – Aims of Education

Course content

Organisers: Professor Tone Kvernbekk

Lecturers: Paul Standish, University of London, and Harvey Siegel, University of Miami 

Time and place:

October 28 (9:15 - 16) Room 233, Helga Engs house
October 29 (9:15 - 16) Room 231, Helga Engs house

Learning outcome

Description: A basic issue in philosophy of education -- perhaps the
most issue issue -- concerns the aims of education. What are the aims
of education? How are such aims identified and justified? Is there
exactly one or are there several, or none? More pressingly, does the
question even make sense? That is, is there something problematic
about thinking of education as having aims? If there are no aims, how
can educational activities, policies and practices and curricular
content be justified? 

In this course we'll consider classic and contemporary treatments of
this fundamental cluster of questions. 


R. S. Peters - Aims of Education

H. Siegel - Critical thinking

P. Standish - Education without aims?

R. S. Peters and P. Hirst - Education

H. Brighouse - Moral and political aims of education

E. Robertson - The epistemic aims of education

M. Oakeshott - Rationalism in politics


PhD candidates at the Faculty of Educational Sciences will be given priority, but it is also possible for others to apply for the course. Applicants must have at least a Master's degree.

Candidates admitted to the PhD Programme at the Faculty of Educational Sciences should apply through StudentWeb

Other applicants may apply using this registration form.

Deadline for registration: October 1


1 credit point for course participation (80% attendance required)
3 credit points for course participation and submitted paper

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

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Autumn 2013


Autumn 2013

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