Course Description




Education is concerned with the structure, organization, and purpose of education. It involves the study of history, sociology, philosophy, and the psychology of learning, teaching, and communication; and it is deeply interested in the insights of diverse fields such as media, communication and technology studies, race and ethnic studies, and feminist and cultural studies. It aims to use these insights to better our understanding of education and thereby improve education for everyone.

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of education and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Research Methods and Design
  • History of Education
  • Sociology of Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Politics of Education
  • Political Philosophy
  • Pedagogical Theories
  • Education and Technology
  • Policy Design and Evaluation


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • Mathematics Education
  • Physics Education
  • Business Management in Education
  • Computer Science Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Education Policy and the City
  • Improving Learning and Attainment in the Classroom
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Modern Foreign Languages Education
  • Language and Power
  • Notions of English
  • Psychology and Learning
  • Digital Technologies in Education
  • Education Management
  • School Effectiveness and Improvement
  • Social Justice and Education Policy
  • Teacher Development
  • The Foundations of Teaching and Learning Science
  • The Social Context of Education

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