UV9412 – Political Philosophy of Education

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Course content

The course is offered in collaboration with the research group "Humanities Studies in Pedagogy" (HumStud).

Course leader: Torill Strand

Guest lectures: Inga Bostad, University of Oslo, Claudia Schumann, University of Stockholm, Judith Suissa, University College London

In order to explore some of today's most pressing social issues, we will systematically read and discuss some contemporary thinkers, whose philosophical texts examine key themes raised by these issues – such as the potentiality and limits of inclusion discourses, educational justice and social change. This includes an inquiry of these thinkers’ conception of “the political”. 

We will also deliberate on the potential contributions of a few classical thinkers, whose writings relate to the intersection between political and educational philosophy.

The course is particularly valuable for candidates whose research focuses on ethical-political issues related to education in contemporary societies. 

The course takes the form of a collaborative research seminar. Consequently, the PhD students’ active engagement with the literature and in the seminar is a vital part of the course content.

Learning outcome

  • The PhD candidates will gain experience on the systematic ways of working in a collaborative research seminar
  • The PhD candidates will learn how to explore some of today’s most pressing social and ethical-political issues in light of contemporary and classical philosophical texts
  • The PhD candidates will gain skills of writing a philosophical essay at high international standards


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 application form

Registration deadline: November 1, 2021.


Research seminar and an open panel. This is an intensive course over two days, comprising a total of 14 hours.

Dates: December 9-10, 2021

Place: University of Oslo

You will find the timetable and the reading list on the semester webpage for this course.


To obtain 3 study points, participants need to submit a philosophical essay (2200-3000 words) before the course. 80% attendance is required.

The essay shall explore a topic relevant to political philosophy of education and make use of selected parts of the course literature. The PhD candidates will receive guidelines for how to write such a philosophical essay after the registration deadline. The PhD candidates’ essays will be presented and discussed in the seminar.

The deadline for essay submission is 1 December, 2021.

Essays are to be submitted electronically in Canvas.

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Grading scale

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

Contact us

Olga Mukhina (olga.mukhina@iped.uio.no)

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Next time the course will be offered in the autumn semester 2023.

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