About the course

The course interrogates different classical and contemporary political theories and their various implications for education. A key aspect of this endeavor concerns investigating tensions between the formation of the individual and the formation of society. In the course we will meet twice on a weekly basis and each week we will tackle a new thinker and a new aspect of the core problem dealt with in this course. This problem can be summarized as follows: What makes society work and what role does education play in making society work?

Course content

The course introduces key concepts and ideas of educational theory and political philosophy, focusing on the relationship between education and politics in different contexts. A central part of the content concerns tensions between the state, other political actors, and public educational institutions and practices. The course also encompasses a discussion on policy analysis as method and on the relationship between education and democracy as well as between personal autonomy and social dependence.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor in education, social sciences or the humanities, and the equivalent of Swedish secondary school English 6


A professional qualification specialising in teaching that comprises 180 credits, of which 15 credits from an independent project, and the equivalent of Swedish secondary school English 6


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).