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ED30496: Education inequality in high income countries

[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: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Semester 1
Assessment Summary: CW100
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Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
* Introduce students to key sociological and philosophical theories and concepts relating to the conceptualisation of social inequalities, social mobility and social justice
* Develop student understanding and awareness of sociological theories relating to social class, gender and race (for example, cultural reproduction theory, critical race theory)
* Enhance student learning around the intersectional nature of inequalities and approaches to studying and theorising about intersectionality
* Increase student understandings of the situated nature of inequalities
* Engage critically from a comparative perspective with the way in which different Western countries conceptualise and deal with equity issues through policy and/or practice

Learning Outcomes:
* Demonstrate critical awareness of inequalities within Western societies, especially with regard to their intersectionality and situated nature
* Understand some of the key concepts and theories relating to social class, gender and race.
* Develop an awareness of the geographically situated nature of equity issues
* Gain an understanding about the diverse policy approaches to dealing with inequality as well as their relative success and failures.
* Develop an appreciation about why inequalities have persisted over time and space

* Ability to accommodate new ideas, question concepts and provide conclusions relating to the impact of globalisation on inequalities in high income countries (F/A).
* Ability to use examples of the implementation of international and national policies addressing educational inequalities (T/F/A).
* Ability to identify, synthesise, evaluate and analyse complex situations and solving problems within these situations (T/F/A)
* Ability to construct and communicate oral and written arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences (F/A)
* Ability to make effective use of technology (F/A)
* Ability to work effectively with others as part of a team, taking different roles (F/A)

* An overview of what is meant by inequality, social mobility and social justice as well as how these understandings by vary across different contexts/times
* A history of inequalities in education across different Western countries
* Introduction to key sociological theories related to inequalities in terms of social class, race and gender
* The intersectional nature of inequalities over space and time
* The geography of educational inequalities, including country specific case studies of differentially equitable systems for different learners studying and participating at different levels and subjects.
* Education, equity and transitions to the labour market
* Effectiveness of policy approaches for dealing with equity issues from a international perspective.

Programme availability:

ED30496 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • UHED-AFB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology (Year 3)
  • UHED-AKB12 : BA(Hons) Education with Psychology with Professional Placement (Year 4)


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