ES4004: What is Education?

ES4004: What is Education?

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title What is Education?
Module Code ES4004
Module Tutor Richard Millican
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to explore the purpose of education and consider its role within society. It will consider the meaning of knowledge and its relationship with time and culture and look at ideologies of education. Attitudes and ideas concerning the above will be placed in a context by examining the history of education and the evolution of the formal system over the past 150 years or so and considering what it might look like in the future.

Indicative Syllabus

meaning of education;

purpose of education;

sociological perspectives of society;

meaning of knowledge;

empiricist and rationalist views of knowledge;

ideologies of education;

alternative forms of education;

key developments in the history of British education: primary, secondary, tertiary

future of education.

Systems thinking

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:...


1. Outline purposes and ideologies of education;

2. Appreciate how education is shaped by philosophical, historical, and sociological ideas;

3. Articulate personal views on how education should be organised and show awareness of alternative perspectives;

4. Examine a range of information sources to synthesize key issues;

5. Engage in informed debate with peers and present ideas gathered.

6. Understand how education is, or could be, influenced by global and local issues such as social justice, sustainability and futures thinking

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Presentation: Group:: 10 Minute group presentation,
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1500 Words.
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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