Educational Disadvantages and Discrimination of the Romany Students at School

Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semesters 3-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The course offers an introducation to modern policy of education. Based on recapitulation of former knowledge of the field it discusses the impact of cultural and subcultural variation of students’ family background ont he relations to school, on the attitude of school staff to students and their families. It extends to results of different educational policies in diminishing inequalities concerning education as well as to the efficiency of social actors in influencing educational policy decisions. It also gives an overview of experiences in scolarisation of Roma children in Europe and in Hungary, and the relationship between european conceptions concerning education in general and education of minorities in particular.


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