Universität Wien FIND

190015 SE Education as an Academic Discipline (2018S)

Puzzling pieces of education reform: A detective approach to researching education policy.

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 19 - Bildungswissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Attendance in the first session is mandatory to affirm the place in this course. Seminar participants are expected to speak and write English fluently so actively contribute on all levels of our work together.

Wednesday 07.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 21.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 18.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 02.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 16.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 30.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 13.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Wednesday 27.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

As referenced by its title, this seminar shall explore the different, sometimes paradox dynamics of its field through the lens of education policy studies. Specifically, this seminar provides practical, participatory insight into an ongoing dissertation project that uses various methods and various data in a multiple-step research process. It thereby addresses current, pressing questions of education policy, its research and the relevance of that research for political decision-making. What contribution education theory has to offer is but one of the core questions this seminar addresses.
Students will have the opportunity to learn by example how to generate and analyze various forms of data (text, numbers, etc.) and how those results can be placed in an argument that is embedded in and advocates for education theory as an integral part of education policy making. By the same token, the problematic implications of this very approach shall be discussed openly and critically.
There will be opportunity for students to work with original data, try different things out for themselves and experience first hand the challenges and thrills of a project such as this one. Students are expected to work through literature and apply their independent thoughts, their diligent critique and their growing ability to argue academically – both in form and in content.
No prior knowledge or skills of data or respective technology are needed. Students will be provided the relevant input, however, students are indeed expected to invest time and effort into this seminar. The course has a strong emphasis on respectful and goal-oriented peer-reviewing as well as individual feedback to students to develop their thoughts thoroughly and continuously through the course of the seminar.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance: You may miss one session for any reason. Missing two or more sessions will result in a failing grade.

* active participation by visible contributions to the class

* 20% oral input in class (details tba)
* 20% two shorter assignments (details tba)
* 50% a seminar paper due in the first week of July (early hand-in encouraged!)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

* Assignments will not be accepted beyond the deadlines, simply for logistical reasons. So timely submission – early submission encouraged! – is the basis for receiving a grade.
* A passing grade for the seminar paper is mandatory to pass this course.
* Having read the literature and having done the work is the prerequisite for our work in class. Students can speak to its content and go beyond it by voicing their critical comments and objections to the argument, by making connections to other readings in or outside of class, etc.
* Submitted work represents the result of diligent thinking on the basis of the literature, the class discussions and, most importantly, students’ own critical and well-reasoned argument. The intellectual achievement is in structuring those thoughts and contents in a narrative that unfolds on the page for any informed reader to understand. It includes the use of terminology and concepts, and both support and criticism of one’s own argument.

Examination topics

Reading list

The list of readings will be provided in the first session. The course readings were chosen to provide students with a basis and inspiration from which to develop their own critical thinking. Finding and integrating additional literature will be necessary to inform the seminar paper.

Association in the course directory


Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42