EDU-10067 - Back to the Future: issues in the history of schooling
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 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module introduces you to aspects of the history of schooling in Britain from c.1870 to 1944. The module covers distinct topics that run through the history of this period. This includes a focus on education and inequalities of social class and gender; education and nation-building, churches and state education, education and the economy, arguments over the curriculum. A consistent theme is that of the diversity and unevenness of educational provision and the ways in which debates and policy have responded to the problems and opportunities to which such features have given rise. The module draws on primary and secondary sources. Alongside histories of the period, you will read extracts from novels, government reports, parliamentary debates and political pamphlets. One of our reasons for doing this is to encourage you to make use of first hand evidence in your own research and inquiry.
Lectures include topics such as: Victorian Public Schools; Schools and Nation Building; Gender and Schooling 1900-1939; and Secondary Education for All?

&Ěto help students to develop an understanding of persistent patterns in the history of British schooling and to consider their relationships, origins and possible causes;
&Ěto enable students to understand the relationship between the history of schooling and wider social change;
&Ěto enable students to assess critically and to make use of historical and evidence.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

Make sense of key developments related to the history of schooling in Britain in the period 1870-1944 will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3;
Identify and comment on the enduring features of schooling in this period, especially in relation to socially-determined patterns of access and outcome will be achieved by assessment: 1;
Locate histories of schooling in the wider context of controversies that have surrounded educational change will be achieved by assessments: 1,2,3;
read and analyse texts in the form of policy documents, speeches, reports and novels for the purpose of communicating ideas about the history of schooling will be achieved by assessments: 1,2;
Drawing on module themes, summarise and evaluate a piece of fiction or a published monograph will be achieved by assessment: 2.

Study hours

22 contact hours;
52 hours independent study/preparation for seminars;
50 hours preparation of essay;
28 hours preparation of critique.

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 80%
An essay of 2,500 words on module themes.

2: Review weighted 20%
Critical review 1,000 words.
Critical review of a piece of fiction (book or film) relevant to module themes.