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ED50489: Education and international development for IEG

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: 12
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW100
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
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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:
All of the programme's units contribute to, and have been mapped to, the programme aims. All units contribute to aims 6 and 7. This unit will make a key contribution to Programme aim 3:
3. develop students' knowledge, understanding and critical analysis skills in respect of contemporary trends, issues, policies and practices at the intersection between international education and globalisation
The Aims of the Unit are to provide students with an understanding and a critical awareness of:
1. comprehensive, multi-disciplinary and critical perspectives on international development and education practices and policies
2. key theoretical debates within the fields of education and international development, particularly those related to different educational contexts
3. the role of culture in the relationship between education and international development
4. a range of theoretically-informed perspectives through which to analyse critically the relationship between education and international development.
The Unit will also enable students to:
5. critically analyse i] examples of current and past policies and ii] the processes of policy development in education and international development.

Learning Outcomes:
Together, the MA IEG units contribute to programme learning outcomes 1-7 for knowledge and understanding. The unit specific knowledge and understanding outcomes follow.
Having studied the unit, students will be able to:
1. show a critical understanding of key educational issues associated with the processes of international development;
2. recognise the different macro, meso and micro forces in the making of education and international development policies;
3. apply and critique the main theories underpinning education and development policies and practices within different educational contexts;
4. show a critical understanding of the impact of culture on the relationship between education and international development;
5. identify and reflect critically on the intended and unintended consequences; of different education and international development policies;
6. justify research methods appropriate for education and international development research.

Together, the MA IEG units contribute to programme learning outcomes 1-8 for intellectual and professional practical skills. Therefore having studied the unit, students will be able to:
1. demonstrate sensitivity to the values, viewpoints and interests of others
2. act both autonomously and collaboratively in planning and implementing tasks
3. demonstrate clarity of thought and quality of argument in educational issues relating to international education and globalisation
4. make critical use of the literature and professional experience the field of Education, synthesising information from a number of sources in order to gain coherent understandings and make informed judgements in the absence of complete data
5. apply knowledge and skills critically to policy and practice in international education and globalisation including critiquing the evidence underpinning policy/ practice (and change in practice)
6. formulate and articulate well-reasoned arguments, insights and conclusions and communicate this to specialist and non-specialist audiences orally and in writing
7. contribute effectively to professional debate and discussion in the fields of international education and globalisation
8. assess their own learning needs and enhance their future professional practice in international education and globalisation
Transferable/key skills
Together, the MA IEG units contribute to programme learning outcomes 1-13 for transferable/ key skills. Therefore, having studied the unit, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. cross-cultural sensitivity and effective interpersonal communication skills
2.. written and oral communication including presentation skills
3. critical and creative thinking skills
4. problem solving and decision making skills applied to complex and unpredictable situations and familiar and unfamiliar problems
5. independent study and learning skills
6. information skills including literature search
7. ICT skills for study, searching for information, networking, communicating ideas and discussing with others
8. ICT skills for academic and professional development
9. independent and group working skills
10. time management and organisation skills and prioritising workloads
11. producing work to meet agreed objectives and deadlines, responding appropriately to feedback from tutors and peers
12. exercising initiative and personal responsibility
13. self-evaluation of academic and professional performance as a basis for development.

The unit will address the following content areas; some of these will be addressed through individual sessions whilst others will be combined within and/ or across sessions:
1. Conceptualising education in development through critical examination of the perceived links between education and the process and practices of international development
2. The emergence of education as a theme within international development policy e.g. UN Declaration of Human Rights, Education for All movement, Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
3. The roles of key actors (e.g. donor agencies, NGOs) in education within the field of international development
4. Current trends in educational governance e.g. decentralisation, the role of the private sector
5. The influence and significance of indicators and measurements in response to key policy objectives of quality, literacy and gender equity
6. Critical theories in education and development e.g. Freire, Amartya Sen
7. Perspectives and debates on formal and informal education
8. Perspectives and debates on research approaches within education and international development.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED50489 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education Department of Social & Policy Sciences
* 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.