ES4005: Education Policy
Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
||School of Education and Humanities
|Level of Study
This module aims to explore education policy and examine where it comes from, how it is implemented and how evaluated. It considers its relationship with government and looks at the background of the main political parties and their attitudes towards education and how they might approach issues differently.
This module will cover the following topics:
Meaning and purpose of education policy;
Where policy comes from and how it is implemented;
Stakeholders in education and how they are affected by policy; relationship of policy with government; how government works; differences between the main political parties;
A critical analysis of recent education acts/policies.
What policy could look like in the future
How policy can be used to address issues
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Outline the purpose of education policy and how it can be linked to political ideology and notions of social justice and sustainability;
2. Identify key differences between the main political parties;
3. Describe where policy comes from and how it is implemented;
4. Analyse the impact of policy on stakeholders;
5. Identify and evaluate key policy initiatives;
6. Search for and critically analyse policy documents.
|Learning and Teaching Activities
||Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
|Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide)
||001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 1200 words
002: 50% Portfolio: 1300 words
|Special Assessment Requirements
||The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.
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