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Postgraduate Course: Education Policy and the Politics of Education (EDUA11187)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEducation policy is seen as dynamic, changeable and global in its concerns, form and presentation. This course explores issues in the politics of education and education policy, drawing on concepts from the social sciences such as the state, globalisation, neo-liberalism, discourse, policy learning and policy borrowing. Concerning various areas of policy, the school curriculum, higher education and learning in community, the course combines the theoretical discussion and cases studies at (sub) national, regional and global levels. At each of these levels it is concerned both with the policy discourse and with the way in which policy is made. It also reflects upon the influence on policy-making of different bodies and stakeholders.
Through examination of specific policy documentation, and visits to policy making communities, students will be able to comprehend the reality of policy analysis as well as understand the relevance of more theoretical and substantive discourses.
Course description Not entered
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 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
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) The assessment for the course will be based on a combination of
1. 10% Tutorial participation.
2. 25% Collaborative presentation - video record and upload. Students will be expected to give a Collaborative presentation on a given topic. The presentation will be marked on its content and delivery.
3. 65% 2000 word assignment. Students will be expected to write an essay on a given topic.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key concepts and theories relating to the politics of education and education policy
  2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the effect of globalisation upon the politics of education and education policy making
  3. Have a reflective understanding and be able to critically analyse the positions and involvement of stakeholders in policy processes
  4. Identify and critically analyse the relevance of a global context for national policy making and cross-national policy transfer
  5. Develop the ability to apply relevant methods in policy analysis and research around policy
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements This course is open to students from other schools, however, please contact the course secretary prior to enrolling your Tutee in order to verify that there is space available; students on MSc Educational Research and MSc Education have priority.
Course organiserDr Jingyi Li
Tel: (0131 6)51 6205
Course secretaryMr Ben Hibberd
Tel: (0131 6)51 4241
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