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Kritik av värdegrunden: Att förankra en kultur
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The values of the Swedish school system is said to be rooted in the ethics of Christianity and western humanism. Critics say that this expression can be seen as a sign of an obscured eurocentrism when world-wide accepted values is said to be cared for by Christianity and the west. The purpose of this paper is to examine how the politicians argue on this issue, why the values of the Swedish school system should be said to be cared for by the ethics of Christianity and the western humanism. I also want to examine if these arguments in fact corresponds with the worldview of eurocentrism. The examination consists of a discourse analysis review of, for example, journals of the Swedish parliament, which is later compared with the theories of eurocentrism.

I believe the argumentation can be categorized in three main categories: first a conservative ideological perspective where they are driven by the notion that the Swedish culture could be defined by establishing and defending its foundations; a philosophical/religious perspective where they want to justify the indisputable values they believe should be maintained in the schools; a eurocentric/psychological perspective where they tend to express the Swedish identity by defining what is typically characteristic of “us” and typically characteristic of “the others”. More than that, they seem to be making allowances for the fact that the political situation demands it. The debates are more or less imprinted by a eurocentric discourse, and there are significant differences between the different parties as well as between the political blocks.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , p. 49
Keywords [en]
curriculum, values, eurocentrism, discourse theory
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-1372OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-1372DiVA, id: diva2:5257
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2008-01-17
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