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Philosophy Of Education

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Why a course in the philosophy of higher education? This course will commence with basic questions that underlie the philosophical foundations in the context of a global society that impact on the evolving nature of higher education in the 21st century. Philosophical perspectives on cultural values, beliefs (both secular and non-secular), and goals of education will be examined from classical times through current philosophers and theorists. The course will culminate with the students developing a personal philosophy of higher education that emerges from the study of various world philosophies, ethical theories, and purposes of learning.

Course Competencies

  • Explore the development of philosophical and ethical theories of Eastern, Middle Eastern, Western, and indigenous thought, with an emphasis on their effects on higher education.
  • Evaluate the effect of major events from a global perspective as they relate to the conditions of society, the academy, gender issues, and ethnic and racial groups.
  • Examine global concepts and theories pertaining to the philosophy of education, including but not limited to philosophical theoretical terms—such as constructivism, essentialism, postmodernism, and pragmatism—and the debates that surround them.
  • Recognize the importance and practical application of philosophical and educational theories, which helps provide a working foundation to higher education researchers in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method studies.
  • Develop an in-depth personal philosophy of higher education for the 21st century, utilizing global philosophical theories and cultural beliefs of education.
  • Relate the contributions to higher education of the major philosophical and ethical thinkers throughout Eastern, Middle Eastern, Western, and indigenous history.


This graduate-level course is 8 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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