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5. Foucauldian Perspectives on Education and Values
About this Lecture
In this module, we think about how Foucault’s ideas around subjectification and biopolitics can be used to understand the role of values in education. In particular, we focus on: (i) Foucault’s ideas around the disciplinary power of the modern state as the means by which people are subjectified, particularly relating to the concept of the panopticon; (ii) how this relates to the promotion of British values and securitisation in contemporary education policy; (iii) some other key concepts in Foucault’s works which can help us to understand education policy.
In this course, Dr Shaun Best (University of Winchester) explores the role of British values in education in both sociological theory and policy. In the first module, we think about different theoretical perspectives on values and their role in education, focusing especially on the ideas of Émile Durkheim. In the second, we consider education policy around the promotion of British values in schools, before turning in the third module to the Prevent strategy and the duty since 2015 on schools to promote British identity as a means of countering terrorism. In the fourth and final modules, we think about the ideas of Michael Foucault and how they can be used to understand the role of values in education.
Dr Shaun Best is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies at the University of Winchester. He researches and teaches on social theory, particularly the work of Zygmunt Bauman, and the sociology of education. His recent publications include The Emerald Guide to Zygmunt Bauman (2020), Zygmunt Bauman on Education in Liquid Modernity (2019), and Talcott Parsons: Despair and Modernity (2016).
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Best, S. (2021, August 23). Education and British Values - Foucauldian Perspectives on Education and Values [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/education-and-british-values/foucauldian-perspectives-on-education-and-values
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