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Undergraduate Course: Educational Politics and Policy (SCPL10005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEducation 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.
Course description One 1,000-word policy brief (worth 25% of the final mark) due mid-semester.
One 3,000-word essay (worth 75% of final mark) due after the end of the semester.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 1,000-word policy brief (worth 25% of the final mark) due mid-semester.
One 3,000-word essay (worth 75% of final mark) due after the end of the semester.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. show some capacity to be able to critically evaluate the nature of education as a social institution.
  2. show some capacity to analyse objectively the deeply controversial issues that debate about educational policy provokes.
  3. show some capacity to to critically assess the importance of power in the governance of and practice of education.
  4. seek systematically to understand the relationship between education and social diversity.
  5. begin to conceptualise the relationship between education and democracy.
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Additional Class Delivery Information Class will take place on Thursdays from 11-1 in Semester 2
KeywordsEducation Policy,UK,Devolution,Europe
Course organiserProf Lindsay Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6380
Course secretaryMiss Claire Buchan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253
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