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ED10350: Philosophy of education 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assignment (2000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The intention of this unit is to:
* develop students' awareness of philosophical influences on educational policy and practice.

Learning Outcomes:
In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* explain how the work of seminal philosophers has influenced current assumptions about education;
* recognise and develop a philosophical argument in relation to education;
* have an increased awareness of current issues and problems in education;
* appreciate the value of philosophical thinking as educational practice in itself.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (assessed essay) [T/F/A]
* Effective oral communication (seminar presentations) [F]
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesis written information from multiple sources [T/F/A]
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models [T/F/A]
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question [T/F/A]
* Ability to formulate a research question, then develop and present an original & coherent answer [T/F]
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines [F/A]
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance [F/A]


* The contributions of the following philosophers to current understandings of, and assumptions about education, drawn from teaching and engagement with key extracts from original texts: Plato (especially Republic), Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics), Locke (Essay Concerning Human Understanding), Rousseau (Emile), Kant (Critique of Pure Reason), Dewey (Democracy and Education).
* Philosophical underpinnings of current educational practices, including compulsory schooling, the role of the state, the duties of teachers, the nature of knowledge and the curriculum.
* Characteristics of philosophical argument and debate, including premises and conclusion; warrants; deduction, induction and abduction; dialectic; fallacies - and their educational potentials.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED10350 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

ED10350 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies (Year 1)
  • UHED-AKB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.