ED2BCE-Contemporary Education, Policy and Citizenship

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: Ms Teresa Wilson

Email: t.a.wilson@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module will cultivate students’ understanding of the UK public policy context within which education is a part. It will promote the use of critical thinking in order to explore political and philosophical debates in relation to the purpose of education in society.  


This module will encourage students to see education from an historical and political context, with reference to legislative and policy developments. It will consider the use of education as a social tool, and will raise issues about the nature of citizenship and the rights of the individual. It will refer to literature to consider questions about the purpose of education within society.

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Identify a range of policy and legislative changes in education

  • Critically analyse a range of perspectives in relation to the purpose and value of education

  • Demonstrate an understanding through analysis of ethical and moral considerations in relation to rights of the individual and the meaning of citizenship

  • Evaluate distinctions between children’s and adult’s rights and responsibilities

  • Evaluate factors impacting on policy development and implementation

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  • History and background to contemporary education policy from compulsory education to lifelong learning

  • Legislative and political change in relation to the rights of the individual, citizenship and position in society

  • What it means to be a citizen

  • What it means to be a child

  • Structures of education and society

Global context:
Education, global human rights and citizenship will be explored within an international context.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures, discussion groups, small group tasks and online contributions

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Tutorials 1
Guided independent study 169
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

2500 words

Formative assessment methods:
There will be regular opportunities for formative assessment and feedback

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resubmission during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books:
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding:
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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