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Sociology of Education

Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

This course’s main goal is to understand and analyse the main theories of Sociology of Education, whilst also understanding educational systems as systems of opportunities and systems of inequalities. We intend to look at the interactions between educational systems and other agents of socialization, through the development of the ability to apply knowledge to problematization and sociological analysis of real educational processes.

Course Content

1. Origins and institutionalization of Sociology of Education

2. Sociological theories of education: from classics to recent contributions

3. The national mass education systems: origin, development and current trends

4. Towards a curriculum sociology: school knowledge and social reproduction

5. Social inequalities and educational inequalities

  a) A comprehensive model of social reproduction mechanisms in education systems

6. Towards a sociology of school organization: School cultures and professional cultures

7. Sociology of educational policies.


Apple, M., Ball, S. J., & Gandin, L. A. (Eds.) (2010). The Routledge international handbook of the sociology of education. Routledge.

Baudelot, Christian (1991) “Para que serve a Sociologia da Educação?” in Teoria e Educação, 3, 29-42.

Boli, J., Ramirez, F. O., & Meyer, J. W. (1985). Explaining the origins and expansion of mass education. Comparative Education Review, 29(2), 145-170.

Bourdieu, P., & Passeron, J. C. (1970). La reproduction: éléments pour une théorie du système denseignement. Minuit.

Collins, R. (1979). The credential society: an historical sociology of education and stratification. Academic Press.

Durkheim, É. (2006). Education et sociologie. PUF.

Meyer, J.W., Kamens, D. H., & Benavot, A. (Orgs.) (1992). School knowledge for the masses: world models and national primary curricular categories in the twentieth century.