This information is for the 2017/18 session.
Prof Anne West OLD.2.30
This course is available on the BSc in Social Policy, BSc in Social Policy and Criminology, BSc in Social Policy and Economics, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.
This course provides an introduction to the main issues in educational policy. It draws on interdisciplinary research literature and focuses on contemporary Britain although there is a comparative and international component. The course aims to show how major concepts in social policy can be applied to the study of education, for example, inequality, social justice and distribution of resources. The course focuses on broad issues of educational policy, including the 1944 Education Act, the 1988 Education Reform Act, the 1998 School Standards and Framework Act and the 2010 Academies Act. It also explores specific issues that have implications for equality of opportunity, equity and social justice: social class, ethnicity/ 'race' and gender, special educational needs/disability and financing education across different phases of education – early years, schools and higher education.
20 hours of seminars in the MT. 20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
One formative essay in MT and one formative essay in LT.
Some introductory texts are recommended: R Aldrich, A Century of Education, 2002; C.Chitty, Education Policy in Britain, 2009; H. Lauder et al (eds) Education, Globalization and Social Change, 2006. A comprehensive bibliography will be provided.
Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2014/15, 2016/17 combined)
|Classification||% of students|
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2016/17: 14
Average class size 2016/17: 15
Capped 2016/17: Yes (15)
Value: One Unit
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of numeracy skills