EDUC414-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Educational Philosophy and Policy

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course will be of interest to anyone who has pondered the nature and purpose of education and considered its significance in building better worlds. With a central theme of ‘utopia and education’, the course encourages students to address questions such as these: What is education for and why does it really matter? How can education contribute to a more meaningful and worthwhile life? What should we seek to know and why? What social ideals should we seek to uphold, and what are some of the impediments to the pursuit of these ideals? The course will draw on literary works and the visual arts as well as more traditional educational and philosophical sources. Students will have the opportunity to apply insights from the course to policy contexts, and to explore the implications of educational theory for professional practice and everyday life.

Learning Outcomes

On the successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Develop and address educationally significant questions in a philosophically rigorous manner.
2. Review and understand the literature relevant to several areas of philosophical inquiry in education.
3. Critically evaluate policy documents and other educational texts.
4. Analyse and construct educational arguments.
5. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the work of selected educational thinkers.
6. Apply philosophical ideas and methods to practical contexts.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Subject to the approval of the Head of School


Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Rehua 329
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 26 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Peter Roberts


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Essay 1 08 Apr 2024 50%
Essay 2 31 May 2024 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $2,046.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Educational Studies and Leadership .

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