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190087 SE Education - Alterity - Cultur(alism) (2021S)

Culture, Language and Education (In)equality

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: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 02.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Tuesday 08.06. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Tuesday 22.06. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
Seminarraum 5 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

"National ideologies/regional realities in the role of language, culture, and education (in)equality"

Exploring different past and present contexts where cultural and language differences have affected school students' education.

What should educational institutions strive for in terms of cultural and language goals: following international organization recommendations of teaching in the local language for as long as possible, teaching all subcultures for the national level, the international level, or even towards incorporating migrants' needs more?

This course hopes to gain an awareness of struggles in the classroom due to cultural and linguistic differences. It hopes to do this by analyzing several case studies from different contexts, past and present, to try to answer this broad question.

Assessment and permitted materials

Please note that our first session on March 2nd may be online.

All assessment will be carried out in English.

Class presentation: 35%
Memos: 30%
Final seminar paper or written exam: 35%
(This is an opportunity for you to practice and become more comfortable using English. Your level of English will NOT influence your final grades.)
You must have a passing grade on the seminar paper to pass the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Cummings, W. K. (1999). The InstitutionS of Education: Compare, Compare, Compare! Comparative Education Review, 43(4), 413–437. READ pp. 421-437
Ricento, T. (2008). Researching Historical Perspectives on Language, Education and Ideology. In K. A. King and N. H. Hornberger (eds.), Encyclopedia of Languages and Education, 2nd Edition Volume 10: Research Methods in Language and Education, 41-54.
Baugh, J. (2015). Use and Misuse of Speech Diagnostics for African American Students. International Multilingual Research Journal, 9(4), 291-307.
Heath, Shirley B. (1982). What no bedtime story means: Narrative skills at home and school. Language in Society, 11(1), 49-76. Cambridge University Press.
Brock-Utne, B. (2008). Language and Democracy in Africa. In D. B. Holsinger and W. J. Jacob (eds.), Inequality in Education. CERC Studies in Comparative Education. Dordrecht: Springer. 172-189.
Zuengler, J. (1985). English, Swahili, or Other Languages? The Relationship of Educational Development Goals to Language of Instruction in Kenya and Tanzania. In N. Wolfson and J. Manes (eds.), Language of Inequality, 241-54. The Hague: Mouton.
Alcock, A. (2001). The South Tyrol Autonomy: A Short Introduction. In: http://www.provinz.bz.it/en/downloads/South-Tyrol-Autonomy.pdf [Last accessed: 19 Feb 2018]
Cavagnoli, S., & Nardin, F. (1999). Second language acquisition in South Tyrol: Difficulties, motivations, expectations. Multilingua, 18(1), 17-45.
Bister-Broosen, H., & Willemyns, R. (1998). French-German Bilingual Education in Alsace. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 1(1), 3-17.
Hélot, C., & Young, A. (2005). The Notion of Diversity in Language Education: Policy and Practice at Primary Level in France. Language, Culture and Curriculum, 18(3), 242-257.
Davis, K. A. (1994). Chapter 4: Language Use and Schooling. Language Planning in Multilingual Contexts: Policies, Communities, and Schools in Luxembourg. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 87-121.
Weber, J-J. (2015a). Chapter 6: Language and Culture. Language Racism. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 69-77.
Weber, J-J. (2015b). Chapter 7: Language and Education. Language Racism. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. 78-93.

Association in the course directory


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