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230023 WS Diagnosis of Society: Sociology of Education (2022S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 23 - Soziologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Covid19 Information zum Unibetrieb - aktuelle Bestimmungen:

Rahmenbedingungen für digitale Prüfungen (Soziologie) https://soziologie.univie.ac.at/info/digpruef/

Allgemeiner Hinweis: Für die Teilnahme an Lehrveranstaltungen in digitaler Form sind eine - möglichst stabile - Internetverbindung und die technischen Möglichkeiten erforderlich, um an Online-Einheiten partizipieren zu können (Computer, Mikro, ggf. Webcam).


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


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 01.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 08.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 15.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 22.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 29.03. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 05.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 26.04. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 03.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 10.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 17.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 24.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 31.05. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 21.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital
Tuesday 28.06. 11:30 - 13:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course aims to introduce students to major theoretical approaches, contemporary debates and empirical findings in the sociology of education.

We will discuss the role of education in reducing (or increasing) inequalities; the different axes of social inequality and their effects on education and school performance, with particular reference to inequalities in terms of social class, migration background and gender; emerging challenges; among others.

In addition, the impact of covid-19 pandemic and the latest empirical results in the field of education will be discussed.

To participate in this course it is necessary that a stable internet connection and a computer with webcam/ microphone are available.

Assessment and permitted materials

Important Grading Information:
If not explicitly noted otherwise, all requirements mentioned in the grading scheme must be met.
If a required task is not fulfilled, this will be considered as a discontinuation of the course. In that case, the course will be graded as ‘fail’ (5), unless there is a major and unpredictable reason for not being able to fulfill the task on the student's side (e.g. a longer illness).
In such a case, the student may be de-registered from the course without grading.
Whether this exception applies is decided by the lecturer.

If any requirement of the course has been fulfilled by fraudulent means, be it for example by cheating at an exam, plagiarizing parts of a written assignment or by faking signatures on an attendance sheet, the student's participation in the course will be discontinued, the entire course will be graded as ‘not assessed’ and will be entered into the electronic exam record as ‘fraudulently obtained’.

The plagiarism-detection service (Turnitin in Moodle) can be used in course of the grading: Details will be announced by the lecturer.

In case you have received three negative assessments of a continuously assessed course and want to register for a fourth attempt, please make sure to contact the StudiesServiceUnit Sociology. (for more information see "third attempt for continuously assessed courses" https://soziologie.univie.ac.at/info/pruefungen/#c56313)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements: writing a seminar paper satisfying the requirements defined by the course instructor and a successful oral presentation of the paper’s content in the course. Attendance is compulsory; up to two absences without notice will be excused.

Assessment criteria: Every performance component will receive a grade.
- Final seminar paper (50%)
- Oral presentation (30%)
- Active participation (20%)

Grades for the entire course will be assigned as follows:
1 (Excellent): 89-100
2 (good): 76-88
3 (satisfactory): 64-75
4 (sufficient): 50-63
5 (fail): 0-49

Examination topics

Reading list

Althuser (1971). Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses. Lenin and Philosophy and other Essays. pp. 121–176. ISBN 0-902308-89-0.
Anyon, J. (1981) Social Class and School Knowledge. Curriculum Inquiry, vol. 11, no. 1, Taylor & Francis, Ltd., 1981, pp. 3–42, https://doi.org/10.2307/1179509.
Bernstein, B. (1977). Class, Codes and Control. Vol. 3. Towards a Theory of Educational Transmission. Routledge y Kegan Paul.
Boudon, R. (1974). Education, Opportunity, and Social Inequality: Changing Prospects in Western Society.
Bourdieu, P., & Passeron, J. C. (1977). Reproduction in education, society and culture. London: Sage Publications.
Bowles, S., & Gintis, H. (1975). The Problem with Human Capital Theory--A Marxian Critique. The American Economic Review, 65(2), 74–82. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1818836
Rist, R. C. (1977). On Understanding the Process of Schooling: Contributions of Labeling Theory. In J. Karabel, & A. H. Halsey (Eds.), Power and Ideology in Education (pp. 292-305). New York: Oxford University Press.

The complete list will be announced in the course and on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

in 505: BA T2 WS Gesellschaftdiagnosen

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