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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM914: Education Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • Why are we here? Education – a historical perspective.
  • What is education and what is its purpose (philosophy)?
  • Dialogic learning (psychology)?
  • Education in whose interests (sociology)?
  • Additional perspectives on education – the contribution made by economics, cultural studies and international education
  • Application of these perspectives to major educational issues (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender and social class inequalities, learning, and inclusion)

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities3010 x 1.5 hour lectures, 10 x 1.5 hour seminar/workshop sessions
Guided Independent Study50Directed reading related to topics discussed in the module
Guided Independent Study120Directed study e.g. web-based activities; creating a personalized reading list; preparing for academic tutorial; preparing for seminars; responding to seminar activities; contributing to online discussions
Guided Independent Study100Preparation for assignments and further independent reading

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).