|Semester 2 2024-25
Why do class, gender and race inequalities persist in education? Do elite universities operate in a meritocratic society? How do education systems and structures relate to ideas surrounding social justice and equality?
This module looks at the development of education policy in the British context. The module will take a broad view, focusing upon different phases of education, i.e. the early years, schools and higher education. In applying theoretical frameworks to challenge how we think about education, students will assess the main lessons that can be drawn from policy developments and educational reform. After understanding the development of education policy, students will then explore how school systems can create divisions and inequalities. This component of the module will look at is the differences (and explanation) in educational attainment between social groups defined by class, gender, disability and ethnicity. In assessing the reproduction and persistence of educational inequalities, students will question the degree to which education provides a ladder of opportunity.
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
Understand the theories surrounding education, society and social justice.
Understand key transformation in the UK education system since the Education Act 1944
Apply theoretical frameworks to help understand the development of contemporary education policy
Understand the historical and cultural construction of education
Assess the organisational structures and purposes of education systems.
Evaluate contemporary debates on education policy
Assess aspects of difference and diversity, i.e. gender, class, disability and ethnicity, relate to educational inequalities
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Feedback will be given in accordance with the University Policy on feedback in the Guide to Assessment as well as in line with the School policy.
Ball, S. (2017) The education debate. Bristol: Policy Press.
Cosin, B. and Hales, M. (eds) (1997) Families, education, and social differences. London: Routledge.
Reay, D. (2017) Miseducation: inequality, education and the working classes. Bristol: Policy Press.