EDU-30073 - Education, Work and Identity
Coordinator: Sian Edwards Tel: +44 1782 7 34290
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Level: Level 6
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 explores changing patterns of education and work, the dynamic relationship between these two institutions, and how this has developed over time. It will examine the wider social, cultural and economic contexts that shape both educational and work institutions, and how these affect the lives and identities of those involved in them. The module considers the way in which wider changes linked to globalisation, post-industrialism, education reform and marketisation, and related social and economic shifts, have affected people's experiences of education and employment, their social relationships and sense of self. The module draws upon a range of concepts and approaches, including: globalisation, post-industrial society, credentialism, human capital, gender and theories of self and identity. It will critically examine evidence about the changing labour market, and its impacts upon educational institutions.

To introduce the students to the changing relationships between work and education and the implications for individuals and society.
To explore the wider social and historical connections between policies, socio-economic change and education and work.
To analyse the links between education, employment and the various social constructions of self identity.
To examine the ways in which identities are in part constructed and informed by wider social and economic factors.

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

Intended Learning Outcomes

distinguish between and comment critically on different perspectives, evidence and theories of the relationship between education, employment and social and economic shifts
: 1,2
demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the impact of work and educational change and opportunity on the lives and identities of individuals: 1,2
confidently artiulate how class and gender are, in part, socially constructed in relation to work and education: 1,2
demonstrate a reflexive awareness of their of own future labour market orientations, and its relationship to their wider educational, social class and gender biographies
: 1,2
make critical use of a range of studies, research, theory and policy relating to the changing interface between socio-economic change, work and education
: 1,2

Study hours

20 contact hours; 50 hours preparation for seminars; 40 hours preparation for essay; 40 hours preparation for critical review

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 50%
2,000 word essay on module themes
Essay chosen from a selection of 5/6 questions

2: Essay weighted 50%
2,000 word Critical Review of a film relating to the module
2000 word critical review of a film related to the module