The AGORA holds national and international courses, workshops and research seminars closely connected with social justice and equality perspectives. These events are inclusive so that they create a unique, supportive environment for MA’s, PhD’s and post-doctoral researchers as well as university lecturers and professors.
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Education, working life and equality, EDUK316, 5OP
The course provides a critical overview to education and working life from the perspectives of inequality, equality and diversity. The course encourages students reflect on their own activities as well as education and working life more broadly in terms of inequality, equality and diversity.
Current themes in philosophy of education, EDUM018, 5CR
The course examines the specific nature of philosophy of education, traditional educational philosophical problems and issues, and describes the importance of educational philosophical research in the study of current phenomena related to education. The course introduces students to the themes, concepts and theories of current educational philosophical research and scientific debate. Topics covered in this course include democracy education, citizenship, value pluralism, political participation, social justice in education, critical thinking, rationality and autonomy as an educational ideal.
Social justice and diversities in education, EDUM037, 5CR
The course explores different ways to conceptualize and theorize differences and social justice. The course also explores the relationship between social practices and different ways of conceptualizing. The questions to be examined include: What are the concepts, conditions and practices on which social justice and differences are based? What kind of education and training is required for the realization of democracy? How does power work in different fields of education and training and what are the consequences for different groups. How do different forms of knowledge translate into truths in different contexts of education and training, what they serve and how can they be resisted?
Power. Discources and differences – focus on inequality in education, EDUM322, 5CR
The course examines critically cross-sectoral policies and practices in education from the perspective of inequality. We explore together, how inequality affects children, adolescents and adults. Combining sociological, cultural, political and feminist perspectives we examine how power, discourses and differences work and how different actors such as political decision-makers, experts, researchers, etc. contribute to maintaining inequality. Addressing issues of inequality sheds more light on the lives of different individuals and groups that face inequality, exclusion and discrimination. The main objective is to enable more diverse ways to reflect and act in the context of education and training.
Critical special education, sociological disability studies and inclusive education, EDUK013, 5CR
The course introduces social science research into disability studies, its different trends and applications in the field of education, and applies these theories to the critical examination of special education and inclusive education.
Contemporary issues in comparative and international education
Lecturers: Helena Hinke Dobrochinski Candido together with Petteri Hansen