Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2102: Education and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Eric Lybeck (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


Education is one of the most important institutions in modern life. Social factors, including differences of class, gender, ethnicity, and region, regularly influence educational attainment, which in turn influences students’ access to occupational positions, income and status. Equally, the expansion of education has resulted in tremendous changes to contemporary ‘post-industrial’ societies. In this module you will consider the social dynamics of schooling from primary to secondary to higher education, comparing these across national contexts. You will learn a range of classical and contemporary social theories to analyse empirical material in relation to broad themes including the globalization of education, cultural capital, professionalization and the history of organized knowledge. There are no pre-requisites for this module and it is suitable for all social science students.

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