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EQ939-30 Education and Society (online)

Department Education Studies

Level Taught Postgraduate Level

Module leader Jacqueline Dynes

Credit value 30

Module duration 26 weeks

Assessment 100% coursework

Study location Online


This module focuses on education in its wider social and historical contexts looking principally on the UK but also considers global developments and offers students opportunities to consider their own national contexts. The module explores the social purposes of education, considering issues such as: education and social justice; education, the state and social provision; education and the economy; educational inequalities and widening participation. The module will look at how shifts in these areas have informed developments in schools, post-compulsory and higher education.

Principle Module Aims and Outcomes

This module is the online alternative to EQ936 and is aimed at part time students. By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Understand pertinent educational and social research including types of research, key findings, contribution to theory, practice and policy initiatives at both national and international level.
  • Deepen their understanding of key concepts and issues in educational policy, theory and provision, and the principles of social justice in education.
  • Communicate their ideas and findings effectively in various media including written, spoken and possibly graphical.
  • Present coherently reasoned and appropriately substantiated argument, drawing on evidence from a variety of sources and synthesising ideas effectively.
  • Demonstrate critical, reflective understanding of module content in relation to their own experiences of education.
  • Introduction to the module.
  • What is Education?
  • Education in Post-Welfare Society/ Education and Social Justice
  • Schools and Schooling: overview and issues
  • Post-Compulsory Education & Training/ Higher Education: overview and issues
  • Equality and Diversity in Education: experiences and achievement
  • Global Perspectives on Education
  • Education Policy
Study Time
Type Required
Online independent learning 10 sessions of 3 hours (15%)
Private study 270 hours (90%)
Total 300 hours
Essay 100%
Module Information

This is an optional module for part time Masters students within the Department of Education.