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EQ107 - Education Today

  • Module code: EQ107
  • Module name: Education Today
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

1. To critically analyse and define the concept of education through analysis of contemporary case-studies, policies and debates drawn from both national and international contexts. 2. Through analysis of different contemporary educational curriculum frameworks, debate what the purposes, ambitions and ideological underpinnings are of a range of contemproary models of schooling. 3. Through critical reflection and debate, identify the strengths and weaknesses of contrasting contemproary approaches to addressing issues of education inequality within society. 4. Critically analyse and debate the concept of spirituality within education and explore how spirituality relates to concepts such as morality, social and emotional development, community and citizenship in society. 5. Critically debate the role of religion within contemporary education adn identify arguments for and against schools with distinctive religious characters within a mulitcultural society. 6. Critically analyse the role of attainment, targets and outcomes within contemproary education and the effect these concepts have on learners and educational insitutions' sense of identity, market value and future prospects. 7. Understand how education fits into wider multi-agency approaches in society. 8. Critically analysing the profession of teaching and through this address the question of 'What skills and aptitudes are required of teachers in today's rapidly changing and diverse societies?'

Principal learning outcomes

1. To comprehend and articulate the key debates within contemporary educational theory and practice. 2. To be able to distinguish between different ideological and political orientations as expressed in contrasting models of education. 3. To be able to identify and express the key challenges facing different stakeholders within educaiton such as pupils, parents, governers, teachers, politicians and multi-agency professionals. 4. To be able to debate and articulate the contrasting ways in which different models of education respond to issues of educational inequality. 5. To have developed a range of perspecitives on how the concepts of education and schooling are positioned within wider social, economic and political policies and institutional practices within society. 6. To have a critical awareness of the role and influence of factors such as spirituality, morality, civic responsibility, faith and religion.

Timetabled teaching activities

The module will consist of 3 hours of lecture and seminars a week, Sessions will be a mixture of lecture presentation and workshop activities.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: EQ107-15)
B (Examination only) 2 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies (C804) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Education Studies (X35B) - Year 1
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