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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

EFPM003Z1: Understanding Education: Global Perspectives

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Module Aims

The principal aim of this module is to enable you to develop a stronger theoretical understanding of current issues and debates in education in a global context. You will consider a variety of perspectives informed by research, theory, policy and practice and examine key questions such as:

  • What might be meant by ‘education’?
  • How do answers to that question vary according to the discipline through which education is being viewed (e.g. philosophy/psychology/sociology/history)?
  • What are the big global questions, issues and debates concerning education in the 21st century?

Is education achieving what it sets out to achieve? How do we know? 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate a critical understanding of what might be meant by ‘education’ in a variety of contexts
2. critically evaluate different perspectives on the aims and purposes of education
3. demonstrate a critical understanding of current global issues in education
Discipline-Specific Skills4. consider the relationship between educational theory, research, policy and practice
5. critically reflect upon and evaluate your own understanding of current issues and debates in education and those of others
Personal and Key Skills6. synthesise and organise ideas to present an argument;
7. present ideas and engage in critical reflective debate.
8. undertake both directed and independent study to recognise, justify and analyse key ideas in the literature and relate these to research, theory, policy and practice