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 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module is intended to introduce you to aspects of the history of schooling in Britain from 1870 to 1944. The module will cover 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.

To help students to develop an understanding of patterns in the history of British schooling and to consider their relationships, origins and possible causes.
To enable students to understand the relationship between the history of schooling and wider social change.
To enable students to critically assess a range of different historical sources and to make use of a wide range of evidence including secondary works, first hand accounts, government reports, and large data sets,

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 1870-1997: 1
Locate histories of schooling in the wider context of controversies that have surrounded educational change : 1
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: 1
Identify and comment on key features of schooling in this period.:

Study hours

24 contact hours;
48 hours independent study/preparation for seminars;
78 hours preparation of essay;

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
An essay of 2000 words on module themes.
One essay from a choice of 6-7 questions.