Philosophy of Education

PHIL 240/3.0

An examination of key issues and texts in the philosophy of education. Possible topics include the nature and aims of the learning process, progressive and conservative education, and contemporary debates regarding the canon.

Description

This course introduces students to several key issues in the philosophy of education, including the nature and aims of the learning process, the debate between educational progressives and conservatives, the relation of education to experience, educational dialogue, technology, and the politics of education. It introduces students to the philosophy of education through an examination of a few major twentieth-century texts as well as several recent essays. We shall be studying the educational theories of John Dewey, Paulo Freire, Ivan Illich, and Hans-Georg Gadamer, with the larger aim of shedding light on the practices of teaching and learning and our own experience of the same. What, in the final analysis, is the point of education in an institutional setting, and what accounts for the value that human beings have long placed on it?

Evaluation

Discussion Exercises30%
Essay 120%
Essay 220%
Final Examination30%

Topics

Topics

  • Conservatism and Progessivism
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Education Without Schooling
  • Education, Dialogue and Hermeneutics

Instructor

I am the author of eight books on topics ranging from education to hermeneutics, politics, and death. My writings fall within the tradition of existential phenomenology and hermeneutics as well as pragmatism, and major influences on my work to date include Friedrich Nietzsche, John Dewey, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer.

You can check out some more info about me at:

http://www.paulfairfield.com

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 12 - 15 hours per week on the course.

Additional Information

Course Resources

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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

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Dates/Deadlines

The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s are 1 April (for May summer term), 1 June (for July summer term), 1 August (for fall term), and 1 December (for winter term). All documents must be received by the 15th of the month following the deadline. You can register for a course up to one week after the start of the course. See also Dates and Deadlines.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point
A+4.30
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

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Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

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