Human Development - Power and Politics

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Development - Power and Politics

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this course students are introduced to the life-course approach to human development. Although the common sense view of the human life-cycle is widely accepted in society and strongly suggests that there exists a universal and uniform set of stages through which all people pass, historically and sociologically, it has been acknowledged that these apparently natural biological stages are part of the human life-course which is social as well as biological. Stages of the life-course are influenced by cultural differences and also by the material circumstances of people’s lives in given types of society. Other social factors, such as social class, gender and ethnicity also influence the way the life-course is experienced. For example, some people due to their positioning in the class/race/ethnicity The life-course approach allows us to see how advantage and disadvantage has a cumulative effect over time. In this course we will analyse educational experiences in order to see how inequalities are socially constructed over the life-course. In doing so, we will see how disadvantage and inequality accumulate as a child transitions between the various stages of education beginning in pre-school through to further, adult and continuing education. Moreover, while both children and adults experience inequality differently, and some more than others, we will see that they, as active agents in their own lives, have the capacity to construct and reproduce inequalities. They are also presented with opportunities to challenge and transform them. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Appreciate the advantages of adopting the life-course approach to human development
    2. Discuss the cumulative effect of inequality and disadvantage over the life-course.
    3. Document how the educational system contributes to the reproduction of class, gender and racial/ethnic inequality over time.
    4. Critically assess the part that both children and adults play in reproducing inequality in society.
    5. Discuss the role that the new sociology of education has played, and continues to play, in challenging and transforming inequality, particularly in the field of further, adult and continuing education.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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