Postgraduate Course: Education Policy (PGSP11439)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Education has gone through several enormous transformations in the last half century, in common with public services more generally. This course investigates key trends in education policy within the UK and from a comparative perspective, the political debates which have accompanied them and the impact educational policy has had on individuals and society. We will engage with perennial questions in education policy debates: the interplay between education, the economy and democracy; the relationship between educational opportunity, social diversity and inequality; the role of the state, the market and the individual within new forms of educational governance; and the future of national education policy within an increasingly international policy field.
What is education for?
Education and equality of opportunity: moral and philosophical perspectives
Education and intersectional inequalities
Education and social mobility: international comparative perspectives
Globalisation and education policy
Education governance and the OECD
Professionals and policy making in education
Education, democracy and populism
Reflections: education policy during a pandemic
Each of the topics is dealt with through a lecture and a seminar discussion.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Critically evaluate the nature of education as a social institution
- analyse objectively the deeply controversial issues that provoke debates about educational policy by engaging with different points of view and empirical evidence;
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Lindsay Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6380
|Course secretary||Mr Mark Mather