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Return to Vienna for the summer semester of 2022. We are planning to hold courses mainly on site to enable the personal exchange between you, your teachers and fellow students. We have labelled digital and mixed courses in u:find accordingly.

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190025 SE Concepts of Humans and Theories of Education (2020S)

The Virtous Citizen or the "gebildete Mensch": Competing International Visions

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


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

During the time we are asked to do home-learning we will meet at the scheduled times via Zoom; the relevant link will be sent out 15 minutes in advance via moodle.

Tuesday 10.03. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Tuesday 24.03. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Tuesday 21.04. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Tuesday 05.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Tuesday 19.05. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Tuesday 16.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG
Tuesday 30.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 6 Sensengasse 3a 2.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Today's international discussion in education is characterized by different national discourses or epistemologies, which ultimately have little to say to each other. Either one philosophises about concepts in the style of Anglo-Saxon educational philosophy, or one defends the educational idea of social cooperation as a preparation for democracy in the sense of American pragmatism, or one speaks of the necessity of standards and monitoring in the logic of American test psychology and evidence-based policy, or one vehemently defends the German-national ideal of "Bildung".
These nationally connoted pedagogies did not come about by chance, but reflect dominant cultural ideas that are very old and that began to be educationalized in the 18th century. Around 1800 there are two or three ideal types of pedagogical intervention: the "virtuous citizen" in the US, in Switzerland and partly in France and the "gebildete Mensch" in Germany.
The aim of the seminar is to understand, on the basis of selected texts, how these two or educationalized ideal types emerged from comprehensive discourses, how they were educationalized and became the basis of the national education theories that still dominate today.
Language: English and German

Assessment and permitted materials

The well prepared and active participation is mandatory. A written test (5 to 6 questions) at the end of the semester will be the basis of the grade.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

55% of the possible points are requisite to pass the class.

Examination topics

Texts discussed during the course. The texts will be uploaded on moodle before the semester starts.

Reading list

Daniel Tröhler (2018): Internationale Provokationen an nationale Denkstile in der Erziehungswissenschaft: Perspektiven Allgemeiner Pädagogik

Association in the course directory


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