Education: Perspectives on Teaching and the Teacher


Admission requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: ET601E-Education: History and Theories of Education.


Syllabus for students autumn 2020

Course Code:
ET602E revision 1.1
Swedish name:
Pedagogik: Perspektiv på undervisning och läraren
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Date of ratification:
13 December 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Education and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
24 May 2019

Entry requirements

Prerequisite courses for this course are: Courses: ET601E-Education: History and Theories of Education.


The course intends for students to develop knowledge of various theories of teaching and the role of the teacher, in addition to an understanding of how these theories relate to other theories of learning, subject content, didactics, curricula and education as formation.


The course focuses on teaching as a practice and what it means to be a teacher. These topics will be addressed in studies of various theoretical perspectives on teaching and the role of teacher, in addition to studies of fictional portraits of teachers in which different approaches to teaching will be presented. Central concepts and theories are/involve learning, subject content, didactics, curricula and formation, in addition to existential and phenomenological perspectives on teaching and the role of the teacher.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to

  1. discuss and problematise different theories of teaching, subject content and learning;
  2. analyse metaphors and fictional examples of teaching and teacher roles from various theoretical perspectives.

Learning activities

The course is based on regular lectures, seminars, workshops and group discussions. There will be opportunities for feedback between the students throughout the course.


The course is examined by a final paper (outcomes 1 and 2).
The course coordinator will provide information about grading criteria at the start of the course.
It must be possible to distinguish between individual performances for all assessments.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Biesta, Gert (2017). The Rediscovery of Teaching. London & New York: Routledge (111 p.)
Entre les murs = The Class (2008) [video]. Haut et Court
Être et avoir = To Be and To Have (2002) [video]. Les Films du Losange.
Frank, Jeff (2017). Love and work: a reading of John Williams’ Stoner. Ethics and Education, 12(2), pp. 233-242 (9 p.)
Freire, Paulo (2003). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York, NY: Continuum (180 p.)
Hansen, David T. (1996). The Call to Teach. New York: Teachers College Press (168 p.)
Higgins, Chris (2011). The Good Life of Teaching: An Ethics of Professional Practice. Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell (303 p.)
hooks, bell (1994). Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. London: Routledge (216 p.)
The Kindergarten Teacher (2014) [video]. Cinema of Israel
Maxwell, Bruce (2015). ‘Teacher as professional’ as metaphor: what it highlights and what it hides. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 49(1), pp. 86-106 (20 p.)
Mintz, Avi (2018). The present, past, and future of the gardening metaphor in education. Oxford Review of Education, 44(4), pp. 414-424 (10 p.)
Noddings, Nel (2007). The one-caring as teacher. In: Curren, Randall (ed.) Philosophy of Education: An Anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing (pp. 372-376) (5 p.)
Pennac, Daniel (2011). School Blues. London: Maclehose Press (260 p.)
Tubbs, Nigel (2005). Philosophy of the Teacher. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing (246 p.)
Williams, John (2012/1965). Stoner. London: Vintage (288 p.)

Course evaluation

Students who participate in or complete a course must be given the opportunity to share their experiences and provide feedback on the course via a course evaluation issued by the University. The University will compile the course evaluations and provide information regarding the results and any measures taken as a result of the course evaluation. Results will be made available to the students. (Higher Education Ordinance 1:14).


The education is provided by the Faculty of Education and Society at the Childhood, Education and Society.

Further information

Johan Dahlbeck, Course Coordinator
Phone: 040-6658033
Heléne Henriksson, Student Administrator
Phone: 040-665 77 47


09 November 2020 - 13 December 2020 Day-time 100% Malmö Schedule This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 10000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 10000 SEK