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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Policy

Undergraduate Course: Educational Politics and Policy (SCPL10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaSocial Policy Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.ed.ac.uk/social_policy/ Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionEducation in the UK has gone through several enormous transformations in the last half century, in common with public services more generally, and in common with educational changes throughout Europe. One of the most notable sources of change in the UK has been the devolution of most political responsibility for education to the Scottish Parliament, National Assembly for Wales, and Northern Ireland Assembly, while responsibility for education in England remains with the UK Parliament at Westminster. This course aims to understand these changes in education policy, relating it both to European developments and to reform resulting from devolution. The course aims to provide an understanding of these policy and political processes in the context of perennial concerns about the relationship between pedagogical and political authority, the role of the state and of civil society in underpinning free enquiry and debate, the problematic questions of accountability and professional autonomy, and the implications of social diversity and social inequality for education┐s role in enabling a common citizenship.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Class will take place on Thursdays from 11-1 in Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will be assessed on their capacity to critically evaluate the nature of education as a social institution;
analyse objectively the deeply controversial issues that debate about educational policy provokes; critically assess the importance of power in the governance of and practice of education;seek systematically to understand the relationship between education and social diversity; conceptualise the relationship between education and democracy.


Assessment Information
One 4,000-word essay 100%. Every student must also contribute to leading at least one tutorial session (assessed as 'duly performed')
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsEducation Policy, UK, Devolution, Europe
Contacts
Course organiserProf Lindsay Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6380
Email: Lindsay.Paterson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Elaine Khennouf
Tel: (0131 6)51 1480
Email: Elaine.Khennouf@ed.ac.uk
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