Module/Course Description

Course Title: Philosophy of Education

Course Code: UU-EDU-1140-ZM

Programme: Bachelor of Education in Primary Education

Credits: 12.00

Course Description:

When studying the philosophy of education, students will explore how philosophical thinking can be used in education. The main aim of a teacher is not only to teach the content of the subject, but also to teach students to think about the subject. By studying philosophy, students will be able to develop their own classroom philosophy that is fit for the development of young minds. This course aims to teach the future teachers about philosophy; including the different branches and types. Students will explore why philosophy is important to the modern world and more specifically, how it can be applied to teaching. Through this course students will be able to competently reflect on and analyse teaching. This will help students become successful teachers at early childhood and primary school levels. Students will learn about the education structures of ancient civilisations and learn about how these have influenced what education is today.  It is important for the students to reflect on these arguments so that they can synthesise their own opinions and ultimately become effective teachers.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course students will be expected to:

i.    Analyse the different branches of philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, axiology, aesthetics, ethics and logic.
ii.   Explain the importance of philosophy in education.
iii.   Analyse the works of philosophers that have contributed towards education.
iv.   Elaborate on philosophical theories with regards to education in ancient Greece and Rome, as well as African philosophy and education in Zambia.
v.    Analyse the importance of ethical practice in education.

Prerequisites: UU-Bsc-IND100-ZM, UU-FNT-103-ZM

Prerequisites Categories: -

Typical Module duration: 4.0 Week(s)


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