EDU-10030 - Education in Britain:past, present, future
Coordinator: John Howlett Tel: +44 1782 7 34151
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module covers the period of compulsory state education in Britain (but concentrates mainly in the period 1940s to the present day), and is historical and sociological in its approach. The emphasis falls on contemporary educational issues, in school and higher education, and seeks to draw in part from students own educational experiences.
Lectures include topics such as: The creation of a 'national' education system 1870-1944; Inclusion and Differentiation: the case of Special Education; Reconsidering the Century: Class, economics, gender, race, status, technology, science.

The aims of the module are to help students develop an understanding of educational change in the post-war period and to understand how educational change relates to wider social contexts.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Identify the main phases of education policy in Britain in the period 1870 to the present day: 1
Relate contemporary education policy to wider global processes of economic, social and cultural change: 1
Reflectively apply their knowledge to some substantial areas relating to education including their own learning in the context of school and higher education: 1
Communicate ideas and arguments about different Educational learning environments, past and present: 1
Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources including research evidence in order to develop arguments and judgements about educational issues: 1
Read and analyse texts in the form of policy documents, speeches or reports for the purpose of communicating ideas about educational issues: 1
Present written work in educational studies in an appropriate scholarly style: 1
Define, describe and work with key concepts such as equality of opportunity, class, gender, marketisation and social exclusion: 1

Study hours

28 contact hours (12 lectures, 12 seminars, 2 hours essay writing and study skills support and 2 hour workshop on preparation for the summative assessment)
72 hours preparation of coursework essay
50 hours independent study and preparation for seminars

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
1 2000 word essay from a choice of 5 -6 options based on module themes
2000 word essay from a choice of 5 or 6.