IHS6031 - Sociology of Education

  • This course introduces students to key perspectives and themes in the sociology of education. Sociology of education studies education as an integral part of larger social systems and institutions, often with a critical view on the ways in which education is implicated in the relations of power and inequality that traverse these systems and institutions. Theoretical perspectives covered in this course include the functionalist, the Marxian, and various other critical perspectives hinging on social differences such as culture, power, gender, race/ethnicity. Other important themes such as neoliberal-ism/ization, globalization and inter-/trans-national mobility, curriculum, critical pedagogy and alternative education, are also examined.

  • After completing this course, participants should

    l  have developed a broader and more critical view about the main roles education plays in society;

    l  be able to rearticulate the key theoretical perspectives and/or conceptual debates in the sociology of education;

    l  be able to re-evaluate and re-interpret their own educational career and professional experiences in a fresh and critical way;

    be able to apply one or more theories learned in the course to analyze educational issues and/or phenomena

  • This course will cover the following themes:

    ·     the functionalist perspective on education;

    ·     the Marxian perspective on education;

    ·     various other critical theories or perspectives on education including: power/discipline, culture, race/ethnicity, gender, neoliberalism, ideology, citizenship;

    ·     internationalization/globalization of education;

    Sociology of curriculum; critical pedagogy; alternative education (e.g. home schooling; de-schooling, etc.)

  • Sec / JC Teachers
    • A basic university degree
  • Date : 14 Aug 2018 to 13 Nov 2018 (Every Tuesday)
    Time : 6pm to 9pm
    Venue : AST

    Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances.

    • MOE Participants - $557.40 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non-MOE Participants - $3,061.20 (7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)
  • 13 Jul 2018

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • E-Register here.

    *All information will be kept confidential and used for internal administration only.

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course.

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: Office of Graduate Studies
    and Professional Learning
    National Institute of Education
    1 Nanyang Walk, S(637616 )
    Attn: Mr Ong Zhi Xian


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

  • Mr Ong Zhi Xian
    Tel: 6790 3997
    (for enquiries on course administration)