SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION - 2018/9

Module code: SOC3060

Module Overview

This module explores the relationship between education and wider society. It focuses on:  different theoretical approaches that have been used to understand this relationship; differences in education policy and practice over time, and between different national contexts; and the significance of social characteristics such as class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity on educational processes.

Module provider

Sociology

Module Leader

BROOKS RM Prof (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

JACs code: L300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A

Module content


The contested purposes of education
The relationship between education, employment and the economy
The impact of globalisation on education policy and practice
Knowledge and the curriculum
Educational ‘choice’ and marketisation
The influence of social characteristics such as class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity on experiences of and participation within education
The role of teachers and parents

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework 2000 WORD ESSAY 50
Examination 1 HOUR EXAM 50

Alternative Assessment

N/A

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they:


Have understood the variety of theoretical approaches that have been used to conceptualise the relationship between education and wider society;
Are able to analyse the extent to which this relationship has changed over time, and the differences both within and between countries;
Are aware of the impact of social characteristics such as class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality on educational processes;
Can evaluate critically current debates about education (from pre-school education through to learning within the workplace), in a theoretically-informed manner.


The summative assessment for this module consists of:


Essay (2000 words)
Exam (1 hour)


Formative assessment and feedback


Verbal feedback in class

Module aims

  • Introduce students to¬† the variety of theoretical approaches that have been used to conceptualise the relationship between education and wider society;
  • Enable students to analyse the extent to which this relationship has changed over time, and the differences both within and between countries;
  • Develop students' understanding of the impact of social characteristics such as class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality on educational processes;
  • Enable students to evaluate critically current debates about education (from pre-school education through to learning within the workplace), in a theoretically-informed manner.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Distinguish between, and assess the value of, different theoretical perspectives on the relationship between education and society; KCP
002 Critically evaluate the extent to which this relationship has changed over time and differs within and between different national contexts; KCT
003 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the impact of social characteristics such as class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality on educational processes; KC
004 Analyse current debates about education (from pre-school education through to learning within the workplace), in a theoretically-informed manner. KCT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 2

Independent Study Hours: 126

Lecture Hours: 11

Seminar Hours: 11

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Introduce students to  the variety of theoretical approaches that have been used to conceptualise the relationship between education and wider society;
Enable students to analyse the extent to which this relationship has changed over time, and the differences both within and between countries;
Develop students’ understanding of the impact of social characteristics such as class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality on educational processes;
Enable students to evaluate critically current debates about education (from pre-school education through to learning within the workplace), in a theoretically-informed manner.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Lectures, seminars, presentations, class discussion, role play
The precise format will differ from week to week, but all activities will be included in a two hour block (11 sessions)
In addition, there will be one 2 hour revision session to prepare for the exam

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION :

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
English Literature with Sociology BA (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology with Psychology BSc (Hons) 1 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.