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ED20436: Education inequalities in low income contexts

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW100
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Aims: The intention of this unit is to:
* introduce students to current global policy priorities and their development with reference to `Education for All' goals, the EFA Global Monitoring report, and the Sustainable Development Goals. .
* Develop students' awareness of educational inequalities in low income contexts and the particular groups of children who do not access education regularly and/or experience discrimination in educational settings.
* introduce students to the relationship between social marginalisation and educational marginalisation.

Learning Outcomes: In completing this unit students would be expected to:
* critically review the development of key national and international policy documentation on the education of children
* recognise different perspectives and theories that help us to understand education and inequality
* Critically engage with these perspectives and theories to explore how geography, gender and socio-economic disadvantage serve as major barriers to education ( that serve as major barriers to education
* Evaluate the effectiveness of international and national policies and interventions for children in accessing education.

* 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]
* Intercultural understanding and sensitivity (F)

Content: The following topics will be included:
* Historical background to the current global policy context for education in low income contexts (including EFA, the MDGs and SDGs)
* Theories and perspectives for exploring educational inequalities (e.g. rights- based approaches and key concepts of inclusion, marginalisation and equity)
* Global inequalities - which are the main groups of children out of school? What characterises these groups (e.g. geography, gender, poverty)?
* National inequalities - case studies of countries with large educational inequality (e.g India, Ecuador, South Africa)
* Global, national and local interventions to support all children to access school and improve their learning and livelihood outcomes.

Programme availability:

ED20436 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 2)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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