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Ethics of Education: Philosophy, History and Law


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Ethics of Education at the University of Groningen

 

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 analyse moral issues and discussions in order to design policies and procedures and to take decisions.
Three examples:

  •     Homosexuality and education
  •     Circumcision
  •     Rather be Deaf

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Ethics of Education at the University of Groningen

 

The programme consists of three lines:
 

1) In the thematic line, you explore four domains in the courses:

    Ethics - introduces you to theories on ethics and moral issues.
    Children's rights - the best interests of the child must be paramount. But how do we determine what is in the best interest of the child?
    Development of citizenship - There is much controversy over the nature of good citizenship and how education and training can contribute to its development.

    Professionalization - Scientification and professionalization influence working methods in education, in child and youth care, and impact how children and youth are perceived and treated.
 

2) In the professionalization line, you practice your professional skills and get acquainted with the practice.

    Domain Specific Skills - prepares you to work successfully as an academic professional in a wide range of educational institutions, in youth care and organizations.
    Internship - familiarises you with the demands placed on professionals, introduces you to the professional field to which they apply their knowledge and understanding.
 

3) In the Research line you do research:

    Master thesis - During your master thesis you learn to do research. Types of research besides empirical research are for instance: analysis of documents, case studies or video material, literature reviewing, theoretical research (ethical, legal, philosophical), discourse analysis, historical research.
 

Study abroad is optional


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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
  •     UNICEF
  •     EU
  •     OECD
  •     UNESCO
  •     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

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knowledge minimum
 

If you have any deficiencies in connection with Statistics and Research Methodology then we offer the possibility to take pre-master courses. The Admissions committee will inform you if you would qualify for this. For more information have a look at the SPO site about this premaster: http://spo-groningen.nl/

language test 
 

The official language of the programme is English. Non-native English speakers must provide evidence of satisfactory results for one of the standard tests mentioned below. Official test results must be supplied. Please note, we do not accept Institutional TOEFL results as evidence of English proficiency.

C1 Advanced (formerly CAE): C1 | IELTS: overall 6.5; listening 6; reading 6; writing 6.5; speaking 6.5 | TOEFL paper based: overall 575; speaking 55; writing 45 | TOEFL computer based 237 | TOEFL internet based: overall 90; speaking 19; writing 21 |

previous education 
 

Bachelor Pedagogical Sciences, Educational Sciences, Social Sciences or a similar relevant Bachelor's degree (e.g. Youth Studies, Special Needs Education etc.) and sufficient knowledge of methodology.
written request 
 

Write (type) a letter (no larger than one A4 sheet) explaining your motivation to follow this programme. 

other admission requirements 
 

Admission requirements: a completed University Bachelor's degree in Educational Sciences.

The application deadline for starting on 1 September is 1 June of the same year. The application deadline for starting 1 February is 1 December of the previous year.


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Institution

University of Groningen


Location: University of Groningen Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen
Niederlande
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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Education, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science in Pedagogical Science

Language

English

Start

summer semester,
winter semester

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 32000 EUR / year

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Groningen

Field of study

Education, Humanities, Law, Social Sciences

Degree

Master of Science in Pedagogical Science

Language

English

Start

summer semester,
winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 12 months

Tuition fees EU: 2168 EUR / year

Tuition fees Non EU: 32000 EUR / year

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