ES4006: Introduction to Themes in Education

ES4006: Introduction to Themes in Education

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

Module Title Introduction to Themes in Education
Module Code ES4006
Module Tutor Richard Millican
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

This module aims to introduce students to common themes and issues in education.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:


significance and impact of socio economic status, gender, ethnicity and disability on educational attainment, opportunity and life chances;

influence of globalisation, industrialisation, sustainability, marketization and commercialisation on education;

issues relating to social justice, citizenship, preschool and tertiary education, health and creativity.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Identify and describe how factors can influence and affect an individual’s educational attainment and subsequently their life chances;

2. Identify and describe how external factors can impact on the structure and practice of education;

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of education and how it might be influenced by particular agendas;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the wider context of education both formal and informal;

5. Describe ways in which education can both disadvantage individuals and work towards a fairer world.

6. Analyse different viewpoints (including their own) and evaluate the evidence to support them

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 36
Independent Learning Hours: 114
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 2500 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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