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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

EDUC2000 Contemporary Issues and Debates in Education 2

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Michael Inglis

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

Module replaces

EDUC2106 Educational Policy and Politics (to be withdrawn – currently an option on BA Childhood Studies but will be replaced by this new module)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

It often seems that everyone has an opinion about education. This module is about developing your ability to move beyond mere opinions to untangling the claims made about contemporary education. You will look at the evidence that can be used to examine these issues critically and you will be supported to examine your educational beliefs so you can establish your position on educational issues that are important to you or your intended professional context.


This module explores some of the contemporary challenges facing educational systems and those who work in them in a variety of contexts. The module will require students to examine and problematise a range of educational issues using theories and ideas from sociology, psychology, politics, history and philosophy. Students will also be supported and encouraged to make explicit and reflect on their own opinions and personal reactions to a range of issues and to start to establish a considered and critical position in relation to them. The module aims to:

- Identify the features of a range of selected contemporary educational issues that make them problematic for particular educational stakeholders
- Critically evaluate research and practice in relation to key debates in education
- Support students to explore a number of positions in relation to key debates in the study of education and to establish their own critically informed positions in relation to them.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module you should be able to:

1. Analyse critically debates about educational issues and the impact of those debates on practice in different contexts
2. Synthesise information from a range of sources to develop an informed perspective on contemporary educational issues
3. Create and communicate a research-informed argument for a position on a contemporary educational issue

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

1. Sector awareness - The ability to understand what makes an education related organisation successful, and an awareness of the wider environment within which it operates.
2. Digital skills - The ability to use digital tools and resources to produce and adapt content for different purposes and be able to communicate constructively and professionally in online environments.
3. Critical thinking - The ability to evaluate, analyse and synthesise information and use evidence and theories to help you form your own arguments and ideas.
4. Communication - The ability to be clear, concise, focused and respectful, communicating constructively and professionally in both online and offline environments.


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours174.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will receive feedback throughout the module. In particular they will have an opportunity to practice making a case in the style of the final assessment for their position on one or more the educational issues explored in the module. They will receive feedback from tutors during these activities and from peers.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 23/04/2024


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