Anthropology of Education

 
Degree: Master
University: Brunel University , Faculty: School of Social Sciences
City: London , Country: United Kingdom
Discipline: Social Sciences
 
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  • Start Date of Studies September
  • Admission deadline as early as possible
  • Language English
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  • Programme Description

    Programme Description

    This new MSc in the Anthropology of Education at Brunel University allows you to develop your anthropological interests and/or your professional practice in education by exploring the answers to the following kinds of questions:

    * What is the difference between compulsory western education and other kinds of learning outside school and in parts of the world where formal education is more marginal?
    * Does literacy bring about predictable political and economic transformations?
    * How are we to analyse and understand the ideological imperatives of different systems of education?
    * How can a cross-cultural perspective on learning and education help us to improve our education practice?

    Despite a long history of inter-disciplinary connection between education and anthropology in the USA, this new Master's programme is to be the first of its kind. Its distinctiveness derives from an anthropological approach to the study of teaching and learning that focuses on the questions of how people learn in childhood and what they take for granted as cultural knowledge.

    How do systems of education relate to religious and national identities? How has the expansion of literacy affected social and cultural transformation? Is education inevitably culture-bound? This new MSc allows you to develop your anthropological interests and/or your professional practice in education by exploring the answers to questions such as these.

    Additional subjects that may be explored include:

    * history and theory of anthropology with special reference to education, learning, cognition and childhood;
    * anthropological theories and ethnography relevant to the relationship between learning, education and the politics of culture and society;
    * anthropological theories relevant to the relationship between international development and educational practice/research in the west and elsewhere;
    * cross-cultural and ethnographic comparisons of various forms of knowledge transmission;
    * cross-cultural and ethnographic comparisons of formal and informal learning environments;
    * research methods in anthropology of education;
    * specific research in the field of anthropology of education.

    The course aims:

    * To provide a theoretical and practical introduction to the field of anthropology of education as the study of how humanity transforms itself over time through culturally specific processes of teaching and learning.
    * To equip students with a range of research skills to enable them successfully to complete anthropological research, either as part of a research team or as individuals.
    * To provide the opportunity for anthropologists and those working in all sectors of education to improve their professional practice and career development as a result of acquiring an anthropological perspective on current issues to do with learning and teaching.
    * To provide students with a background in the history and theory of anthropology with special reference to learning, cognition and childhood.
    * To expose students to the contemporary approaches to the study of subjectivity, personhood and experience in formal and informal learning environments in the developed and developing world.
    * To expose students to anthropological and educational perspectives on teaching and learning.

 
 
 

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