ED1BSJ-Society and Social Justice

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Billy Wong

Email: b.wong@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module aims to explore the social, cultural and economic issues that shape an individual’s educational opportunities and pathways. We consider the ways that social organisations and social structures can promote and reinforce social inequalities amongst different groups of people, especially by socio-economic status (class), gender and ethnicity. Each session presents a different theme relevant to educators concerned about social justice. Students are introduced to key concepts and issues in the sociology of education. Our primary aim is to question the notion of meritocracy and you are encouraged to draw upon your own experiences in exploring how social justice issues are constituted and contested.


  • To offer an introduction to the ways that socio-economic status (class), gender and ethnicity impact on different educational outcomes;

  • To consider the role and value of social theory in making sense of how social inequalities can be reproduced.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
•Identify some of the common barriers to social equality
•Identify the impact of social inequality on quality of life and life course outcomes
•Evaluate the value of theory in making sense of social inequality

Additional outcomes:
•Students will have developed an understanding of a substantial body of knowledge
•Students will have increased their ability to communicate information in both oral and written communication

Outline content:

The focus of this module is upon social organisation and structures which impact on individual opportunities and outcomes. The module will cover topics which include social class and reproduction, gender, ethnicity and will explore contemporary issues of social injustice in education.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lecture, discussion and group work

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 24
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 175
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Oral assessment and presentation 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Formative assessment methods:

  • Peer support in assignment workshop for presentation

  • Formative feedback from tutor on presentation plan

Penalties for late submission:

Following standard UoR policy. The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf

Assessment requirements for a pass:

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission during the summer resit period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 20 April 2018


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