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Course description

Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2021-22

Social and cultural changes and education.

School as an institution is not a closed system isolated from the social context where it is inserted. The analysis of social and cultural processes and changes is essential to understand the new functions of educational institutions and also the challenges to be faced. The course is therefore intended to help future teachers to analyze and understand the most relevant social and cultural changes in today's world and the effects that those changes have in education. Based on the approach of real problems and specific situations, students will be provided with theoretical-practical content for reflection, questioning and debate in order to develop critical analysis and understanding skills that allow them to develop democratic education projects in primary education, including the relationship with families, the impact of audiovisual languages, changes in gender relations and intergenerational and sustainable development.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG1 : Identify information needs and then find, analyse, process, evaluate and communicate it effectively, critically and creatively.
  • CG2 : Plan, organise and manage processes, information, problem-solving and projects. Possess initiative, entrepreneurial spirit and the ability to generate new ideas and actions.
  • CG5 : Work in a team, collaborating and leading when necessary.
  • CG6 : Value diversity as a matter of fact and integrate it positively.
  • CG7 : Capacity for criticism and self-criticism, giving reasoned judgements and ethical, professional and personal commitment. Motivated to improve quality.
  • CG8 : Understand learning as a global, complex and transcendent fact, control one's own learning and mobilise all kinds of knowledge, adapting to new situations and connecting knowledge as a means of creating new knowledge.
  • CG9 : Assess the social and environmental impact of actions taken in one's field.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE1 : Understand the organisation of primary education schools and, where appropriate, adult education centres and training classes, and the diversity of actors and actions involved in their operation. Collaborate with the different sectors of the educational community and the context and work in a team with your co-workers as a precondition for improving one's professional activity, sharing knowledge and valuing experiences.
  • CE11 : Understand that education in general and teaching and learning processes in particular are complex. Assume that working as a teacher means improving, updating and adapting to scientific, pedagogic, social and cultural change. Understand the importance of taking part in innovation and research projects related to teaching and learning, and of introducing innovative proposals into the classroom.
  • CE2 : Understand the characteristics and conditions in which school learning takes place and indentify how this could affect the development of the students and act as a tutor, focusing on the students and parents of your group. All seeking understanding and cooperation with the families, bearing in mind different family contexts and lifestyles.
  • CE3 : Organise teaching in the framework of the epistemological paradigms of the subjects of the degree course, combining one's knowledge of the discipline with the transversal and multidisciplinary knowledge needed for the respective levels of education, showing one's understanding of the learning aims of the areas of knowledge laid down in the primary education curriculum.
  • CE4 : Motivate and promote the progress of students in school in the framework of comprehensive education and promote their self-learning skills, starting with the targets and content of each educational level, with positive expectations of student progress. All of this while renouncing traditional stereotypes that are external to learning, and developing strategies to avoid discrimination and exclusion.
  • CE6 : Encourage students to act as responsible and critical citizens to promote the shared construction of democratic standards of coexistence and work together to resolve problematic situations and conflicts. Be able to analyse social inequalities in the framework of the complex education-school relationship and the role of teachers in reproducing and/or transforming them.
  • CE8 : Assume the ethical dimension of teaching, acting responsibly, making decisions and critically analysing educational concepts and proposals proceeding from both research and innovation and from educational administration.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2021-22

 1. Understand the social and cultural dimension of human beings by establishing relationships between the construction of their identity and the social and cultural environment in which they live.
2. Critically analyze the most relevant issues of today's society affecting education in families and schools.
3 Learn about social functions of education in today's world.
4. Learn about the historical evolution of the family institution and new family models, including their new socializing and educational functions.
5. Develop social skills to improve the family-school relationship.
6. Understand the characteristics of today's plural societies and their educational challenges in order to develop democratic and intercultural educational projects in primary education.
7. Recognize situations of gender inequality and promote educational actions that boost equality among men and women in schools, families and peer groups.
8. Understand the influence of audiovisual technologies and languages on children and the educational challenges derived therefrom.
9. Analyse, from a sociological perspective, the situation of education within the framework of multicultural, democratic and unequal societies fostering ethical, educational and social justice commitment.
10 Apply social and cultural analysis in order to design and develop educational projects that include a sociological perspective of education.




Code: 17517
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 6,00
Theoretical credits: 1,20
Practical credits: 1,20
Distance-base hours: 3,60

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,2
    Practical credits: 1,2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

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