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EQ311 - Social Theory and Education

  • Module code: EQ311
  • Module name: Social Theory and Education
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The BA (Hons) Education Studies aims to introduce its students to creative and forward-thinking approaches to understanding education, based on critical analysis. However, coverage of contemporary education research and debates often assumes a knowledge of critical social theory and concepts of social and cultural reproduction. This module enables students to explore the interplay between theories of society and education. Students will examine how major theorists have sought to analyse the role that educational institutions play within complex societies. The module will focus on the historical development of a range of dynamic and flexible approaches to understanding social and cultural reproduction in education.

Principal learning outcomes

• To understand relationships between theories of society and theories of education • To comprehend and articulate key concepts in the study of social and cultural reproduction in education • To compare and analyse historically and theoretically diverse literature on the social purposes and effects of education • To be able to articulate and challenge theoretical accounts of issues of power, knowledge, inequality and identity in education • To be able to apply knowledge developed during the module, in order to problematise current developments in educational policy and practice

Timetabled teaching activities

10x 3 hour interactive lecture

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: EQ311-15)
A (Assessed work only) 3000 word essay 100%
B (Examination only) 3 hour examination (Summer) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



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