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Postgraduate Course: Education Policy and Governance (PGSP11607)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryEducation 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.
Course description Course content

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
Curriculum debates
Professionals and policy making in education
Education, democracy and populism
Reflections: education policy during a pandemic

Student Learning

Each of the topics is dealt with through a lecture and a seminar discussion.
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Blog post of 700 words: 25% of overall mark«br /»
Essay of around 3,300 words: 75% overall mark of the mark
Feedback Feedback is provided on the first item of the assessment well before the deadline for the second assessment. The main form of feedback is through the discussion that takes place at the seminars.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the nature of education as a social institution
  2. Analyse objectively the deeply controversial issues that provoke debates about education policy by engaging with different points of view and empirical evidence
  3. Critically assess the importance of power in the governance and practice of education
  4. Seek systematically to understand the relationship between education and social diversity
  5. Conceptualise the relationship between education and democracy
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Sotiria Grek
Tel: (0131 6)51 3180
Course secretaryMs Emilia Czatkowska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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