Ideal if you have an interest in education and learning but want to keep your career options open, this course explores a wide range of issues and the ways in which education policy effects practice.
You will explore education in its broadest sense with modules focused on international education, economic relationships, the effects of globalisation and the role of education in human rights and ecological issues. You'll examine in-depth the nature of knowledge, our desire to know and understand, and the ways that education contributes to society. You will learn how to analyse educational policies, processes, systems and approaches, and critically examine their impact on society, politics, culture, history and economic contexts.
Each year provides a key focus that will lend to you thinking as an educationalist. In Year One, the course provides a solid grounding for understanding the multi and interdisciplinary nature of education. Multidisciplinary in the way that it draws from Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy and Politics, and interdisciplinary in the way that it includes specialised educational fields of study.
In Year Two, the course will cement your theoretical knowledge as you think about how your own research could contribute to the field of education. Year Two is dedicated to placement activity. Placements can be in a wide range of educational settings, locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
In Year Three, you'll conduct research for your dissertation and continue to gain experience and develop a portfolio. This will be completed alongside a review of contemporary issues facing education.
Academic and Reflective Practices
The module is skills-rich and will enable you to gather, interpret and reflect on information, through writing, reviewing, editing and referencing.
What is Education?
You will develop an understanding of education in its broadest sense. This module will help you consider the following: does education promote social mobility, what is knowledge, how is it developed and how can we establish whether education achieves its purpose?
Developing Learning in Education
Should students be passive recipients or active agents in their learning space? You will examine the role of the teacher, considering teacher-centred didactic teaching approaches and alternative student-centred approach to teaching.
Learning in the Outdoors
You will investigate how learning in the outdoors supports the holistic nature of children's learning and development, with a particular view on their developing sense of self.
Including all Learners
Explore changing attitudes and approaches to learners with a range of diverse needs – this module will increase your understanding of differing perspectives on inclusion and identify how these have influenced educational practice and provision for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.
You will explore alternative approaches to formal education such as Steiner Schools, Montessori Schools and Radical Education, as well as looking at formal education systems in other countries.
You'll develop professional skills through work-based learning in a placement setting relevant to your career goals. Whilst on your placement, you will be expected to reflect critically upon your own individual placement experiences.
Research Methods in Education
You'll be introduced to researching within and about education and develop the skills to design and justify a piece of research.
Sociology of Education
You'll explore Functionalist, Marxist and Social Interactionist perspectives on education. Developing a deeper sociological insight into feminist theory, social class theory and critical race theory, you'll identify different groups of learners within the education system.
The Business of Education
Using a critical social policy lens, you'll develop an appreciation of the relationships between political ideologies, social policy initiatives, social policy implementation and, ultimately, educational practice.
Language and Literacy
You'll explore the ways in which language and literacies are shaped by the social world, while you think about language in a range of mediums from a social and cultural perspective.
Identity and Power
You will investigate how individuals navigate daily life and negotiate identity. Barriers which limit options and choice in education – the power dynamics of social class, gender, race, sexuality – will be examined.
Capstone Project: Dissertation in Education
You'll research and write a dissertation in an area of your own academic interest, in relation to education.
You will examine how non-traditional educationalists and community activists educate people within their communities and reach those who don't engage in formal education. For example, African Caribbean supplementary Saturday schools, church groups, and community arts organisations that reach out to vulnerable young people.
Enhancing Motivation through the Arts
You'll explore elements of theory, policy and practices regarding motivation to learn and consider the arts in education, mainly debates surrounding the delivery of arts in the statutory curriculums.
You'll choose two modules from the below optional modules, one from Set A and one from Set B:
Race, Culture and Education and The Social Context of Post-Compulsory Education
Education in a Globalised World and Social Justice and Morality
There are no formal exams during this course; we use a variety of assessment types to allow you to demonstrate your strengths across a number of skill sets.
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