Sociology of Higher Education

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sociology of Higher Education

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the sociology of Higher Education internationally and the processes impacting on it, including globalisation, massification; managerialism and masculinisation. It will locate these changes in the context of changing paradigms of Higher Education in Ireland and its nature and purpose. Policies related to Higher Education will be explored in the context of its relationship with the state, the economy and the paradox of gender. The relationship between students social class position; states encouragement of access policies and its perceived elite/non-elite character. Issues related to managerialism versus collegiality; career paths; organisational culture; leadership styles; the gendering of academic and senior management in Irish Universities and internationally; the factors explaining such variation will be explored. Similarities and differences between academic and senior management in Universities and other types of higher education institutions. The future of Higher Education

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