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ED20003: Education in society

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Education
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (3000 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:
This unit will consider the role of education insociety. It will be based on an assessment of the purposes of education and of educational organisations such as schools, colleges and universities. It will consider government policies towards education; how these policies were formed and what they mean in practice. Examples will be drawn from the UK and wider.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will appreciate the contested nature of the functions and values of education and be able to undertake wider questioning of the effects of education on individuals and social groups.

Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e g essays) (A)
Effective oral communication (e g seminar presentations) (T)
Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources (F)
Ability to apply theory into practice (T)
Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines (A)
Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance (F).

Aims and purposes of formal education in the Uk the politics of education; the role of the state in education policy and practice; national curricula, national development plans, centralised and decentralised systems; equal opportunity in education; the sociology of assessment; ethnicity and education; gender and education; disability rights and education; markets and equity; cultural capital and access to education.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

ED20003 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.

ED20003 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry

ED20003 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB04 : BA(Hons) Childhood, Youth and Education Studies with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 2)
Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc(Hons) Natural Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci(Hons) Natural Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 2)
Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.