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Postgraduate Course: Learning for Democracy (EDUA11327)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course starts from the premise that democracy is as much a social and cultural process as a set of political institutions. A primary focus for this course will be the changing relations between the state, economy and civil society, particularly in the context of globalisation. Learning for democracy implies an active role for education in resourcing and supporting marginalised and powerless groups to pursue their democratic interests. This approach will allow us to reflect critically on discourses of citizenship and education emerging from different contexts and actors.
Course description Changing relations between state, civil society and the economy in different national contexts
Democracy, power, empowerment and citizenship
Learning in and from social movements
Popular education
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs none
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  35
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 15/01/2024
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) Indicative tasks:

Task 1: (30%) Via a group wiki and using a mix of media and sources, students working in groups will collectively develop a 10-week curriculum on the theme of learning for democracy. The group wiki forms the basis of the formative assessment and part of the summative assessment for this course.

Task 2: (70%, 3,000 words) Essay In consultation with the course organiser, students will devise their own essay question related to an aspect of learning for democracy covered on the course.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the contribution of a range of perspectives on learning for democracy
  2. Identify and articulate a range of interests and actors with an interest in learning for democracy
  3. Explore the relationship between macro institutional processes and micro experiences and practices in a range of contexts
Reading List
Indicative reading list:

Apple, M.W. (2012) Can Education Change Society? London: Routledge.

Ball, S.J. (2012) Global Education Inc.: New Policy Networks and the Neoliberal Imaginary. London: Routledge.

Bourdieu, P. and Passeron, J.C. (1990) Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture. London: Sage.

Dewey, J. (1916) Democracy and Education. New York: Free Press.

Freire, P. (1996) The Pedagogy of the Oppressed. London: Penguin.

Habermas, J. (1989) The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere. Cambridge: Polity.

Hall, B., Clover, D., Crowther, J. and Scandrett, E. (2012) Learning and Education for a Better World: The Role of Social Movements. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

hooks, b. (2003) Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope. London: Routledge.

Nussbaum, M. C. (1997) Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defence of Reform in Liberal Education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Preskill, S. and Brookfield, S.D. (2009) Learning as a Way of Leading: Lessons from the Struggle for Social Justice. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis, Oral and written communication skills, Access research materials
KeywordsLearning for democracy,popular education,conscientisation,critical citizenship
Course organiserDr Callum McGregor
Course secretaryMs Annemarijn Huizinga
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