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Ett företag att förändra världen: En normanalys om ansvarstagande för miljö och samhälle i läroböcker i Internationell Ekonomi för gymnasieskolan 1994-2008
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [sv]

Abstract - A business to change the world

- An analysis of norms Textbooks for International Economics, in Upper-secondary Schools, Sweden 1994-2008


In this paper textbooks, for International Economics in Upper Secondary Schools in Sweden1994-2008, are analyzed with regard to norms related to taking moral responsibility for environment and society. A method for making discourse analysis, previously illustrated by Östman (2008), is used to deconstruct the knowledge content regarding norms about taking responsibility in relation to different social roles.


The first question is: what different norms about taking responsibility can be found, in relation to different social roles? Different social roles that can be found in the studied material are: business-people, consumers, politicians/civil servants and citizens. Norms of taking responsibility in relation to the environment and society are studied in this paper in relation to these different roles.


The second question is whether a discursive change in the material can be found. One case of discursive change can be found which is related to the role of a business. This discursive change implies that the scope of taking responsibility is slightly moved towards a norm that opens for a possibility of taking moral responsibility.


Thirdly, the different norms are discussed in relation to different functions of education (Biesta 2008 & Säfström 2005) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). An argument is that a subjectifying function of education is vital for en education that wants to make change, which is assumed as a central component of ESD.


One argument, as a result of this study, is that a “window of opportunity” can be found when using this method of discourse analysis to discover the scope of different norms for different roles to take responsibility for environment and society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
norms, discourse-analysis, deconstruction, curriculum theory, education for sustainable development, moral responsibility, Corporate Social Responsibility
Keyword [sv]
normer, diskursanalys, dekonstruktion, läroplansteori, utbildning för hållbar utveckling, moraliskt ansvar, Corporate Social Responsibility
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150563OAI: diva2:407696
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-04-04 Created: 2011-03-31 Last updated: 2011-04-04Bibliographically approved

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