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Education for the 21st Century: a global perspective

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Module description

How are contemporary discourses, ideas and trends in education shaping its future? What will, and what should, education look like in the 21st Century? This module examines the tensions and contradictions that arise from societal, political and economic demands in relation to the developing role and form of education policy and practice. It considers education as the cornerstone for the realisation of competing social imaginaries by examining the complex ways in which economic priorities, technological advancements, and demographic and labour trends intersect, posing new problems and new demands for education. For instance, the module will consider the use of artificial intelligence, the Quantified Self Movement and satellite-enabled distance learning as concrete manifestations of these global trends. The module will draw upon insights from philosophy, anthropology and sociology in order to interrogate the meaning of education in the 21st century.

Assessment details

  • Creative exploration or critical policy analysis (worth 30%)
  • 2,000 word essay (worth 70%)

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