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ED50304: Education and society

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Education
Credits: 12 [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Modular (no specific semester)
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: Having studied this unit, students will be able to:
* Understand the meaning of contemporary social theory as an analytical tool for qualitative social science research;
* Begin to formulate their own theoretical approach to studying education to enhance their professional practice.

Aims: The aims of the unit are:
* to engage students in the critical examination of key contemporary social theory concepts;
* to prepare students to conduct theoretically informed research in the social sciences, with a particular focus on education;
* to link students' personal research interests with a theoretical analysis of education .

Skills: Intellectual
* To assess research quality
* To critically analyse and evaluate a variety of types of information to advocate appropriate change in practice
* To enhance and reflect on their professional practice
* To better contribute to professional debate in their field
* To communicate their ideas clearly
* To utilise problem solving-skills in a variety of theoretical situations
* To continue to advance their knowledge and understanding
* Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress
Key Skills
* Make critical use of the literature in the social science oriented analysis of education(T/F/A).
* Make critical use of professional experience in the field of Education (T/F/A).
* Analyse, interpret and critique findings and arguments (T/F/A).
* Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems (T/F).
* Evaluate research and variety of types of information and evidence critically, also making informed judgements in the absence of complete data (T/F/A)
* Contribute to professional and academic debate in the field of education (F).
* Act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional level (F).
* Communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences (T/F).
* Evaluate their own academic and professional performance (F).
* Manage change effectively and respond to changing demands (F).
* Manage time, prioritise workloads and recognise and manage personal emotions and stress (F).
* Develop new or higher level skill, for example in information technology (F).

Content: In this unit, students will critically analyse contemporary education research that is informed by theoretical foundations in social theory. The unit will cover the following areas:
* Contemporary ways of thinking about and theorising key social theory concepts;
* The socio-cultural contexts of education.

Programme availability:

ED50304 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Education
  • THED-APM41 : MA Education (Educational Leadership and Management)

ED50304 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Education


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