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Pedagogical Sciences: Ethics of Education: philosophy, history and law MSc

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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, February

  • Course Duration

    12 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    25 July 2018

Course content

How do we establish what is the best practice or policy? How do we assess and attune conflicting interests or claims? How do we decide in the case of strong differences of opinion and perception?

In education, upbringing and youth care there are a number of different interests to consider. These interests, of the children, their parents, the groups to which they belong (e.g. religious or ethnic minorities), and the interests of society are often difficult to define and they can often be at odds with each other.

Educational professionals need to have the competences to analyse and discuss moral, legal and policy-related issues. Some of them need to be extra-proficient in this area in order to be able to advise other professionals, managers, policy makers, politicians, and governments. The Ethics of Education Master's course provides the right learning environment to enable you to develop this extra expertise. You will acquire the relevant competences and learn to apply these in the professional contexts of research, policy making and consultancy.

In the Master track Ethics of Education you learn to analyze moral issues and discussions in order to design policies and procedures and to take decisions. Three examples:

Job prospects

The master track will prepare you for jobs at institutions and media in the field of education, training, child care and child and youth welfare work. Two domains of jobs can be distinguished: Teaching & Training and Policy and Consultancy. Teaching & Training includes for example teaching at schools for higher professional education (HBO), but also schooling and training at institutions and companies. Policy & Consultancy includes consultative jobs, policy making and communication and the theoretical underpinning and support of educational responsibilities both from private and governmental organizations.

Of course, the master track also prepares you to do academic research. You will be trained in academic reading, designing research, assessing scientific publications and academic writing.

Students will be familiarized with the educational field, career options and career perspectives. They will practice professional skills, such as writing consultancy reports and policy decisions, teaching and training. The internship and the course Professional Skills are important parts of the master track.

Kinds of institutions where jobs can be found:

  • Public education associations
  • Advisory councils for education
  • Associations of universities
  • Governmental/state organizations
  • Child Welfare Council
  • Schools advisory services
  • Schools for higher professional education
  • Trades unions for education
  • EU
  • OECD
  • Educational organizations
  • Research institutions (such as the SCP)
  • Youth policy organizations (such as the NJI)
  • Centres for social development
  • Youth welfare councils
  • Scientific councils for government policy
  • Child care organizations
  • Knowledge centres about education

Visit the Pedagogical Sciences: Ethics of Education: philosophy, history and law MSc page on the University of Groningen website for more details!




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