ES6007: Education for Change

ES6007: Education for Change

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

Module Title Education for Change
Module Code ES6007
Module Tutor Richard Millican
School School of Education and Humanities
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 6
Brief Description

This module provides an opportunity for students to explore the role education has played, plays and could play in creating change. It will look at global issues of inequality and of environmental destruction and climate change and consider issues of ethics and individual and collective responsibility.

Indicative Syllabus

This module will cover the following topics:


changes to the world and futures thinking;

systems thinking;

equity and social justice;

development issues;

environmental destruction and climate change;

notions of sustainability;

peak oils and resource depletion;

education as an agent for or against change;

individual responsibilities;

government and global policy towards social justice, poverty reduction and environmental protection;

impact of policies on education;

role and impact of NGOs;

critical discourse analysis and visual literacy.

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:


1. Outline possible causes of poverty in the world and understand arguments in favour of social justice;

2. Demonstrate an awareness of the changing conditions of the world and its climate, and possible causes, effects and responses;

3. Critically evaluate examples of education in the implementation of change;

4. Explore ways in which education is working for change formally and informally;

5. Explain and justify ways in which individuals, groups or institutions might be proactive in working for change;

6. Examine and analyse actions, language and artefacts for bias and influence and consider how they could be focused to work for positive change.

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Exam: Seen, Closed Book: 1.50 hours
002: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2000 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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