ED2BGP-Global perspectives in Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Mr David Kerr
Email: d.kerr@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module will enable students to understand the complex nature of education globally.


  • Explore debates in education globally, focusing on key theoretical questions and major contemporary issues, particularly questions posed by citizenship and human rights issues, social and economic divisions, sustainable development, movement of peoples, changing patterns of work and growth of new technologies.

  •  Explore the impact of globalisation in relation to national and transnational educational initiatives and policies, including the role of international, regional and national organisations.

  • Develop critical reflection on education globally and its links with and impact on policy and practice.

  • Enable students to research aspects of education and global development of personal and/or professional importance.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Critically examine key developments and frameworks in the area of global education and their implications for policy and practice.

  • Understand the field’s multidisciplinary nature and interconnections with other areas of study such as: citizenship and human rights education, intercultural education, sustainable development and development education.

  • Reflect c ritically on a range of contemporary debates and issues concerning global education.

  • Critically consider the shifting goals of education in relation to initiatives such as UNESCO’s Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action

Additional outcomes:

On successful completion of the module students should also be able to:

  • Reflect upon the impact of globalisation on educational goals and opportunities nationally, regionally and internationally.

  • Critically reflect on key policies and initiatives such as the ‘Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action’ agenda, their measurement and degree of success.

Outline content:

  • Contemporary issues in global developments in education

  • Impact of globalisation in relation to national, regional and transnational initiatives

  • Role of international, regional and national organisations

  • Interconnections with other areas of study

  • Models and frameworks in relation to global education

Global context:

Aspects of the Education 2030 Agenda and Framework for Action agenda will be highlighted through taught sessions in order for students to critically examine this UNESCO initiative and how successful it has been  in achieving a new vision and direction for education across the globe by 2030.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Teaching will be predominantly done through face to face taught sessions with time allocated for students to reflect on session content and feed this forward in follow up sessions.

Lectures, discussion groups and small group tasks.  

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 30
Guided independent study: 170
Total hours by term 200
Total hours for module 200

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 Support Centres 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 (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: The essential text books for this module can be seen on the online reading list.  A selection of these texts are available either in the library or through access to UoR online resources. Alternatively, you may be able to source reading materials through a number of online retailers where they may be obtained at a lower cost than the publisher’s recommended price.

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: there may be some visits to places of interest – travel costs of approximately £30 may be required

Last updated: 13 August 2021


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