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Perspectives on Education - EDU00001C

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Nadia Jessop
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

The module is intended to introduce students to the 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

Students will:

  • be introduced to key educational ideas and research from a range of disciplinary perspectives
  • be introduced to multi-disciplinary arguments about educational theory, practice and policy on which to model future academic argumentation
  • be introduced to academic level writing and oral presentations covering substantial philosophical, psychological, political, economic, historical and sociological questions and issues relating to education

Module content

Philosophical perspectives.

Psychological perspectives.

Political and economic influences.

Historical developments.

Social theory.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 33
Open Exam (3 days)
Perspectives on Education
N/A 67

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 33
Open Exam (3 days)
Perspectives on Education
N/A 67

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports, with follow-up tutor meeting if necessary. The feedback is returned to students in line with university policy. Please check the Guide to Assessment, Standards, Marking and Feedback for more information.

Indicative reading

Specific texts will be given via unit tutors.

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.