The course offers a range of optional modules alongside specialist modules. These modules will enable you to acquire interdisciplinary skills and concepts to help you work across a variety of disciplines.
Modules are subject to availability and may change.
Suite Core Module
Orientation to Higher Education (20 credits)
This module acts as an introduction to the course, offering a series of seminars and workshops that set out some of the key principles and thinkers in education. These modules will be followed up by tutorials to specifically support your transition into university life.
Programme Core Modules
How do humans think and learn? (20 credits)
You will be introduced to the major discourses around learning. This module explores learning across the lifespan from the cradle to the grave. It’s not only about formal opportunities for learning - it’s also about the informal learning that takes place in a range of contexts. Where have you learnt today
The Arts in Education (20 credits)
The creative arts have a role in education throughout the lifespan, from the mother singing to her child to the intergenerational learning of a grandfather teaching his grandson the piano. Yet some argue opportunities for music and art are being sidelined in schools and formal settings. This module gives you the opportunity to engage in this debate and share in some of the best practice around Arts education across the lifespan.
The Power of Words (20 credits)
This module is intended to help you read, read critically and read effectively. It will then help you communicate the ideas in the readings powerfully in both spoken and written form. The module gives you a chance to consider how education is represented in literature and popular fiction. The module then moves on to consider the transformative power of literacy, exploring critical literacy and the work of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal.
What are Schools For? (20 credits)
In this module, you will be offered the opportunity to critique current schooling systems and to consider alternatives. This module is built around three core concept of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. You will be introduced to alternative models and you will be able to visit educational settings to consider these concepts in practice. This modules introduces you to the concepts surrounding educational action reseach and prepares you for the Education in Practice option module in Year 2.
In addition to these core modules, you can choose 2 further options in semester 2 from the option list. Your Education Options are:
- Education in Literature (20 credits)
- Responding to Refugees (20 credits)
Further Suite Option Choices in Year 1:
But these are joined for the first time Education Studies by a Suite of programmes that include Early Childhood Studies, Special Education Needs, Arts and Education Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring and Human Development: you will be able to select your 20 credit options from these also. More details about the titles of the modules available will be forthcoming when you make your choices at the start of the course.
Interesting titles from Suite programmes will include:
- Meaning and Feeling in the Arts (Arts and Education) (20 credits)
- Perspectives of Childhood (Early Childhood Studies) (20 credits)
- Whose Morals are they Anyway? (Human Development) (20 credits)
- An Introduction to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Studies (Special Educational Needs) (20 credits)
In this year you will take a Suite core module and a programme core module and choose 4 options modules from a range of choices. (At least two of your choices will be from the Education Studies programme.)
Suite Core Module
Exploring Research (20 credits)
This will be done by all students and will be an opportunity to develop understanding of the essential concepts of research and information gathering by negotiating an area of study around children, childhood, young adulthood, family, community, or adulthood. It will involve the design of a hypothetical research project. The focus of the module goes beyond the research process in so far as affording students the opportunity to analyse research perspectives and evaluate and reflect on the relevance of their proposed study in academia, professional development and in practice.
Programme Core Module
How to be good? Teaching Ethics, Morals and Values (20 credits)
This is an opportunity to explore the ethics, morals and values that underpin education systems. What values did your parents encourage in you? Are they the same set of values that your school encouraged? Are they the same values you want to share with your children? Should we have moral education in schools? There are some very big questions here, but our students love to debate them.
Programme Option Modules
- Investigating History and Education (20 Credits)
- Investigating Philosophy andEducation (20 Credits)
- Investigating Psychology: Contemporary Learning Theories (20 Credits)
- Investigating Sociology of Education (20 Credits)
- Politics and Education (20 credits)
- Education in Practice (20 credits)
- Drama and Education (20 credits)
- Voluntary Action in Education (20 Credits)
Further Suite Option Choices in Year 2
Programme options, as in Year 1, are joined for the first time in Education Studies by a Suite of programmes that include Early Childhood Studies, Special Education Needs, Arts and Education Counselling, Coaching and Mentoring and Human Development: you will be able to select some of your 20 credit options from these also. More details about these titles of the modules available to Education Studies students will be forthcoming when you make your choices at the start of the course.
Typical Suite option choices from other programmes will include:
- Sustainability and the Global Village (Human Development) (20 credits)
- The Arts as Transformation and Provocation (Arts in Education) (20 credits)
- Perspectives of Autism (Special Educational Needs) (20 credits)
Programme Core Modules
You will do Education on the World Stage, The Researching Education Dissertation and then choose 4 options from the remaining modules including the Ethics and Enquiry second dissertation module.)
Education on the World Stage (20 credits)
The module examines the extent and impact of cultures and policies on educational practices in Europe and international contexts. Issues such as education structures, policy and practice will be discussed within the context of the key concepts of nationalism, internationalism, globalisation and internationalisation. The consideration of educational principles such as cooperation, collaboration, mutuality, tolerance and peace will be explored in juxtaposition to global issues such as poverty, exclusion, ignorance, oppression and war. Critical comparative education elements will be integrated into the study where appropriate, using a range of perspectives to challenge attitudes and perceptions.
Independent study (20 or 40 Credits)
In year three you have the opportunity for further specialism within an area of your choice. You may opt to write an independent study on an area of your choosing. A further module gives the opportunity to explore one of the four key disciplines in greater depth
Research in Education Dissertation (20 credits) and Ethical Enquiry Dissertation (20 credits) (Note: The first is a Programme Core module in Semester 1 and the second is an optional module in Semester 2 for those who want to combine the dissertations for the total 40 credits)
This module Research in Education gives you the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in the form of a literature review. You will have a supervisory tutor to guide you through this. You may wish to link the research literature you critique to the following dissertation module, Ethical Enquiry which will provide the opportunity to engage with case study research in a setting.
Programme Option Modules
(These will include further options from the Suite in Human Development.)
- Fads and Fashions (20 credits)
- Human Rights and Citizenship Education (20 credits)
- Film and Education (20 credits)
- Extremist Education (20 credits)
- Leadership and Management for Learning (20 credits)
- Maths and Society (20 credits)
We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.