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Critical Perspectives on Education (Module)

Module description

This module invites students to explore key perspectives in the fields of critical theory and critical pedagogy and to apply these ideas to their own experiences of and role within educational practice. The theoretical material provides students with the tools to understand, analyse and re-evaluate the educational processes, policies and practices that govern educators and students. A variety of theoretical perspectives from across critical theory and the sociology of education are introduced in order to enable students to reappraise the dominant ideas that underpin key educational policies and practices including in the areas of assessment, the curriculum, pedagogy and school evaluation.

The module provides students the opportunity to engage in subject specific enquiry by employing an innovative blended approach to teaching and learning. This combines preparatory online lectures, readings and group discussion with face-toface seminars and tutorial group work so that students are able to learn alongside subject specialist academic experts and colleagues. Students are enabled to develop and communicate their ideas across a variety of formats by completing a portfolio of formative and summative assessment tasks.

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2020/21 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years. 

Staff information

Dr Ayo Mansaray

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

  • 4000 written word essay (60%) 
  • Participation in online discussion forum (5%)
  • Subject-specific tasks(s) via a portfolio (35%) 

Key information

Module code 7SSEM068

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 30

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No