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Undergraduate Course: Europeanising Education (SCPL10027)

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 None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionEducation ¿and social policy more generally- have gone through several important transformations in the last half century in Europe. This course aims to discuss some of these changes, by mainly dealing with the case of education policy, examining how, by whom and with what effects it is made, and also discussing its role in the changing character of democracy. The course will examine education policy as an important, yet peripheral and largely ignored, policy area in the fabrication of Europe ¿ thus, we will trace it historically during its 40 years of development; second, we will study the more recent emphasis on learning as an economic resource for European societies, a source of social cohesion but also ¿interestingly- as one of the most common modes of policy making in Europe (i.e. policy learning); and finally, the course will discuss the role of education governance in Europeanisation both currently in Europe and also into the future.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Social Policy or closely related courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Participants in the course will develop an advanced understanding and knowledge of the following topics:
1. The development of education policy within the European Union.
2. The impact of globalisation on European education policy.
3. The transfer of knowledge and policy between countries.
4. The role of international organizations.
5. The role of research in education policy making in Europe.

Finally, students will develop their research, analytical and presentation skills, through guided research in preparation for assessment and tutorial presentations.

Assessment Information
a)A short essay (1000 words) (30%)
This essay can take many forms; either an academic text, a policy brief or a discussion of two or more articles that relate to some of the issues discussed in the course.
b)A presentation in class (related to the essay above) (10%)
c)A longer essay to be submitted at the end of the semester (3000 words) (60%)

Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Byrne, D. and Ozga, J. (2006), BERA Review 2006: Education Research And Policy, British Educational Research Association.
Dale, R. (1999), ¿Specifying globalisation effects on national policy: a focus on the mechanisms¿, Journal of Education Policy, 14 , pp. 1-17.
Davies, P. (2002), ¿The relevance of systematic reviews to educational policy and practice.¿ Oxford Review of Education, 26 (3/4), pp. 365-378.
Desrosières, A. (1998), The Politics of Large Numbers: A History of Statistical Reasoning, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London: Harvard University Press (chapter 8: ¿Classifying and Encoding¿)
Dolowitz, D and Marsh, D (1996) ¿Who Learns What from Whom: a review of the policy transfer literature¿, Political Studies XLIV (2), 343-357
Freeman, R (2006) ¿Learning in public policy¿, in Rein, M, Moran, M and Goodin, R E (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, Oxford: Oxford UP
Freeman, R (2007) ¿Epistemological bricolage: how practitioners make sense of learning¿, Administration and Society 39 (4) 476-496
Giddens, A. (1998), ¿Globalisation¿, in The Third Way, Cambridge: Polity, pp. 28-33.
Giddens, A. (1998), ¿Into the global age¿, in The Third Way, Cambridge: Polity, pp. 129-53.
Gray, J. (1998), False Dawn: the Delusions of Global Capitalism, London: Granta.
Held, D and McGrew A (eds) (2002/2007), Globalization/Anti-Gobalization (esp intro and Part 1), Cambridge: Polity,
Hodkinson, P and Smith, J.K. (2004), ¿The relationship between research, policy and practice.¿ In: Thomas, G. and Pring, R., eds. (2004). Evidence-Based Practice in Education. Maidenhead: Open UP/McGraw-Hill. pp. 150-163.
Lawn, M. (2006), ¿Soft Governance and the Learning Spaces of Europe¿, Comparative European Politics, 4, 272-288.
Levitt, B and March, J (1998) ¿Organizational learning¿, Annual Review of Sociology 14, 319-340
Martens, K. (2007), ¿How to become an influential actor ¿the ¿comparative turn¿ in OECD education policy¿, in K. Martens, A. Rusconi and K. Lutz (eds) Transformations of the State and Global Governance, London: Routledge, 40-56.
Novoa, A and Lawn, M. (eds), (2002), Fabricating Europe: the Formation of an Education Space, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Nutley, S., Walter, I. and Davies, H. (2003), ¿From knowing to doing: a framework for understanding the evidence-into-practice agenda¿, Evaluation, 9, pp. 125-48.
Ozga J and Lingard B. (2007), ¿Globalisation, Education Policy and Politics¿ in Lingard, B and Ozga J (eds) The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Education Policy and Politics, London, Routledge.
Porter, T. M (1995), Trust in Numbers: The Pursuit of Objectivity in Science and Public Life, Princeton: Princeton University Press (chapter 8: ¿Objectivity and the Politics of Disciplines¿ and chapter 9: ¿Is Science Made by Communities?¿)
Power, M. (2004), ¿Counting, control and calculation: Reflections on measuring and management¿, Human Relations, 57, 765-783.
Rogers, E (2003) The Diffusion of Innovations, fifth edition, New York: Free Press.
Rose, N. (1999), Powers of Freedom: Reframing Political Thought, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (chapter 6: ¿Numbers¿)
Rose, R (1991), ¿What is lesson-drawing?¿, Journal of Public Policy 11(1), 3-30.
Rose, R (2000), ¿What can we learn from abroad?¿, Parliamentary Affairs, 53, 628-43.
Schön, D A (1973) Beyond the Stable State. Public and private learning in a changing society, Harmondsworth: Penguin
Simon, H (1991) ¿Bounded rationality and organizational learning¿, Organization Science 2(1), 125-134
Wenger, E (2000) ¿Communities of practice and learning systems¿, Organization 7(2,) 225-246.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsEducation policy, European Union, democracy, learning as economice resource for European societies
Course organiserDr Sotiria Grek
Tel: (0131 6)51 3180
Course secretaryMrs Louise Angus
Tel: (0131 6)50 3923
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