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Education & Social Change - EDU00011H

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  • Department: Education
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Paul Wakeling
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module is intended to explore the inter-relationship between education and changes in society. Does education foster changes in the economy, culture and society or does it act instead a force for conservatism? Does social change lead to changes in educational systems and practices? It reviews some of the main arguments put forward about the role of education in society by different traditions in social thought and how education has been implicated in major social changes.

Module learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • understand theories of the relationship between education and social change
  • relate debates within the educational sphere to broader social, economic and cultural trends
  • recognise and critically analyse the socially-situated nature of educational institutions and practices


Task Length % of module mark
5000 word essay
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
5000 word essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Individual written feedback reports with follow-up tutor discussion if necessary. The written feedback and marks are returned to students within 6 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Baker, D. P. (2014) The Schooled Society: the Educational Transformation of Global Culture. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Lauder, H., Brown, P., Halsey, A. H. and Dillabough, J-A. (2006) Education, Globalization and Social Change. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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