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Introduction to Disciplines of Education - EDU00001C

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Paul Wakeling
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

The module is intended to introduce students to the distinctive distinctive disciplinary perspectives that have been used to explore the meaning and purpose of education. These include philosophical, sociological, psychological, historical, political, and economic perspectives. An intended outcome is an understanding that the concept of education has been addressed from various different disciplines, each with its own particular approach and literature and each of which offers unique insights.

Module learning outcomes

Subject content

Students will:

• further develop their understanding of the policy process;

• further develop their critical thinking and argumentation skills;

• become familiar with different concepts of policy and methods of policy analysis;

• be able to critical analyse the role of ideological and evidence-based policymaking in education during the post war period;

• be familiar with instances of policy borrowing and be able to critically examine the utility and effectiveness of such an approach;

• be able to critical analyse how and why educational reforms evolve and the use of the ‘crisis account’ in framing policy;

• be able to critical analyse the limitations of educational policies and the role of the ‘street bureaucrats’ in the implementation of policy.

• be able to effectively debate both with tutors, guest speakers, and other students.

Academic and graduate skills

Students will develop their critical thinking, critical policy analysis, communication, and argumentation skills. Specifically, students will engage in policy analyses, short presentations to the whole group, class debates, informed discourse with guest speakers, tutors, and other students, and supplement their assigned readings with ones they have found.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 33
University - closed examination
Introduction to Disciplines of Education
2 hours 67

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 33
University - closed examination
Introduction to Disciplines of Education
2 hours 67

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students within 6 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Chitty, C. (2009) Education Policy in Britain. Palgrave Macmillan

Curren, R. (2003) A Companion to the Philosophy of Education. Blackwell.

Kyriacou, C. (2009) Effective Teaching in Schools. Nelson Thornes.

Moore, R., (2004) Education and Society. Polity.

Wakeling, P. (2010) Education and the state from 1850. In Arthur, J. and Davies, I. (eds). The Routledge Education Studies Textbook.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.