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Postgraduate Course: Accessible and Inclusive Learning (EDUA11393)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryAccessible and Inclusive Learning, on the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) will provide an opportunity for participants, who are all staff from across the University, to gain a critical understanding about how to support students in higher education.
Course description First, this course will address a complex, political and in current times much debated field within the higher education sector the subject of how we support our students to become successful learners. At a time when neo-liberal values based on the market and performativity measures are driving change in higher education it is important to look to the affective domain of learning as well as to consider questions about care, compassion and social justice in the sector. There is a need for universities to promote positive health and well-being amongst student populations, and to address the rise in the proportions of students who are reporting mental health problems.

Second, this course will address the diversity of student learners in higher education sector. The emphasis will be on the ways in which staff can support diverse students to become successful learners. Drawing on themes such as internationalisation, mainstreaming and inclusive practice, the course will investigate ways of encouraging a sense of belonging amongst all students, creating an inclusive curriculum and classroom, and supporting diverse students through the student lifecycle.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate critical awareness and understanding of key themes, issues and research on care and compassion in the higher education sector
  2. demonstrate a critical awareness of the different dimensions of diversity
  3. identify and critically examine the pedagogical challenges as well as opportunities student diversity poses for university teachers
Reading List
Bridger, K. and Shaw, J. (2011) Mainstreaming: Equality at the heart of higher education. Equality Challenge Unit.

Laidlaw, A., McLellan, J. and Ozakinci, G. (2016) Understanding undergraduate student perceptions of mental health, mental well-being and help-seeking behaviour. Studies in Higher Education (41)
Lusk, C. and Fearfull, A. (2015) Supporting students in higher education: results and recommendations following a paradigm shift within a Scottish Ancient. Studies in Higher Education. Vol.40(6), p.1107-1127

Maringe, F. and Sing, N. (2014) Teaching large classes in an increasingly internationalising higher education environment: pedagogical, quality and equity issues. Higher Education 67(6): 761-782

Morrisey, J. (2015) Regimes of performance: practices of the normalised self in the neoliberal university. British Journal of Sociology of Education 36 (4)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills to be able engage with and critically examine different theories and practices that will prepare you to support students in both pastoral and academic roles.
Course organiserDr Hazel Christie
Tel: (0131 6)51 6669
Course secretaryMiss Emily Salvesen
Tel: (0131 6)51 6661
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