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EQ936 - Education and Society

  • Module code: EQ936
  • Module name: Education and Society
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is the core substantive module to be taken by students on the MA Educational Studies course. The module aims to offer a critical framework for understanding education in its wider social and historical contexts. The module focuses principally on the UK but also considers global developments and offers students opportunities to consider their own national contexts. The module will explore 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; widening participation. We shall look at how shifts in these areas have informed developments in schools, post-compulsory and higher education. This core module will provide a secure foundation for choosing more specialised optional modules in the Spring Term, giving coherence to students’ pathways on the MA, and a basis for students to begin developing ideas for their dissertations. This module contributes to the achievement of all four aims of the MA in Educational Studies and provides opportunities for students to: • Engage at an advanced level with issues of significant concern to those involved in education. • Evaluate the most recent developments in research and policy initiatives on local, national and international levels. • Develop professionally by considering the implications of the module for practice, including their own practice, where appropriate. • Develop, utlilise and evaluate a range of investigation methods (by completing seminar tasks, preparatory activities and a 5,000 word assignment. There are additional module-specific aims. Students should: • Develop their critical understanding of theoretical and empirical research into education policy, sociology and practice. • Deepen their insights into the dynamic interaction that exists between education research, theory, policy and practice. • Engage critically with current research on educational policy and decision-making. • Develop a critical understanding of contemporary debates on education in relation to the state, economy and communities. • Develop a critical understanding of educational inequalities, widening participation and social justice.

Principal learning outcomes

Subject Knowledge By the end of the module, students should be conversant with: • Pertinent educational and social research [types of research, key findings, contribution to theory, practice and policy initiatives at (inter-)national level] • Recent theoretical and policy developments Understanding By the end of the module students should have: • Deepened and extended their understanding of key concepts and issues in educational policy, theory and provision • Deepened their insight into the principles of social justice in education Key Skills By the end of the module, students should have further developed their ability to: • Communicate their ideas and findings effectively in various media (written, spoken and possibly graphical) • Work effectively with others • Study independently • Engage in problem-solving activities • Improve their own learning and performance by developing their study skills and academic reading and writing skills Cognitive Skills By the end of the module students should have further developed their ability to: • Analyse and evaluate materials introduced during the course • 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

Timetabled teaching activities

30 teaching hours There will be 30 class contact hours but there will not be a strict division between lectures and seminars; the module will be delivered through a variety of teaching methods: lectures, seminars, discussions, student presentations, group work and independent study.

Departmental link

One Assignment of 5,000 words for 30 CAT version One Assignment of 4,000 words for 20 CAT version

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EQ936-20)
A (Assessed work only) 4000 word essay 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EQ936-30)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word essay 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Education (Full-time) (X35Q) - Year 1
Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Education (Part-time - 2 year) (X35R) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Religions, Society and Education (X3R2) - Year 3
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X3) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X4) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X4) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Social Science Research (L98D) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (X31L) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (X31L) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (X31L) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (X31L) - Year 4
  • Postgraduate Taught Global Education and International Development (X3AN) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Global Education and International Development (X3AN) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Childhood in Society (X3F1) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Leadership and Management (X3M1) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Leadership and Management (X3M2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Religions, Society and Education (X3R2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Religions, Society and Education (X3R2) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught in Islamic Education: Theory and Practice (Full-time) (X3V7) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught in Islamic Education: Theory and Practice (Part-time - 2 years) (X3V9) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Research Doctorate in Education (X3X8) - Year 1