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EQ203-15 Globalisation and Education

Department Education Studies

Level Undergraduate Level 2

Module leader Michael Wyness

Credit Value 15

Module duration 10 weeks

Assessment 100% Coursework

Study location University of Warwick main campus, Coventry


This module will explore models, concepts and themes relating to processes of globalisation and schooling. The module will pick up on a number of debates and issues in relating to how attempts have been made to homogenise formal education globally, or at least move towards more universal provision at a number of different levels. This will involve analyses of the political, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of globalisation as it affects education; it goes on and explores the idea of children's global human rights.

The module will also examine a number of problems affecting children and their schooling globally. These include poverty and inequality; ill-health and civil war. The module picks up on novel and diverse approaches to these adversities often instigated by children themselves.

Principal Module Aims and Outcomes
  • To develop a deeper understanding of globalisation as it applies to education.
  • To critically examine trends towards the global spread of mass compulsory education.
  • To focus on the global diversity of approaches to schooling.
  • To provide a knowledge base within which students are able to compare and contrast different education systems.
  • Globalisation: A Conceptual Discussion
  • Education and Schooling as Global Standards
  • Global Trends in the Early Years
  • The Student as a Global Citizen
  • Global diversity: Obstacles and Differences
  • Child Labour and Schooling
  • Possible Case Studies
    Schooling and 'left behind' Children in China
Study Time
Type Required Optional
Lectures 10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)  
Seminars 10 sessions of 2 hours (13%)  
Tutorials (0%) 1 session of 15 minutes
Private study 120 hours (80%)  
Total 150 hours  
Exam Week 100%

This assessment will take the form of an 'Exam Week'. In a specified week after the teaching on the module has finished, students will answer a series of questions in essay form (working to a maximum overall word limit). The questions will be made available on the Monday morning and students will have until the Friday afternoon to complete the assessment. The module leader will confirm the exact specification of this assessment once the module teaching begins.