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Course: Children live in peace

Sociological and historical perspectives on the institution of school in Austria and Europe

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Semester: 1

Social peace


Peace education is a conscious education for peace. No person should be excluded from education. Education is the basis for immunising a society against social tensions and instability. Consequently, key areas for the further development of democratic societies are considered to be the organisation and implementation of teaching and learning processes. The aim of this course is to understand, by means of a sociological and historical perspective on education, the society in which teachers live and in which they educate pupils in terms of its structure, development, and dynamics as well as its effects and requirements. Sociology approaches education and schools from two angles. One approach deals with the institution and what is referred to as the school system or the educational system. It refers to the life phases of childhood and adolescence and the institutions structuring them in today’s society and promotes theory-based and critical reflection from a scientific–propaedeutic, anthropological, and historical perspective. From a second perspective, sociology is interested in the social value of education.


- Basic sociological concepts of education, Theories and perspectives
- School as an institution: 1. Norms and values, rules and laws, and social expectations, 2. Cultural–cognitive aspects for a common understanding of situations, 3. I - You - We: Micro, meso, macro, and meta levels
- Formal and informal educational institutions in Austria and Europe: Families, kindergartens, educational support, media, schools, open youth facilities
- Examples from professional research
- Fundamentals and mediation possibilities for the learning areas of time and space as well as political education: 1. Learning area time - early historical learning, regional historical learning, 2. Learning area space - Orientation based on school location, district, state, country, EU, and world, 3. Learn democracy: Peace education, 4. Culture of remembrance
- Historical, cultural, religious, economic, and social aspects of the European Union to promote common values, mutual understanding, social and cultural integration
- CLIL: linguistic and methodological–didactic means of presenting and discussing English children’s literature on intercultural and political education, reflective gender education, global responsibility, and sustainable education
- CLIL: discursive strategies, games, and activities to develop empathy, tolerance, solidarity, and moral courage in content-integrative English lessons

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