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Education Studies with Psychology BA (Hons)

Modules offered change each year depending on expertise, timetabling and student interests. The following modules were offered in 2015:

First year

  • Historical and Contemporary Issues in Education - provides a historical context to many of the major aspects of modern education
  • Teaching, Learning and the Politics of Primary Education - considers national perspectives on primary education and provides a critical insight into teaching and learning in contemporary primary classrooms
  • Childhood, Social Justice and Education - introduces some of the most important debates in childhood studies. You are encouraged to contest and interrogate common sense and commonly held ideas about children and childhood
  • Core Areas of Psychology - is designed to give an overview of the core paradigms in psychology, including biological, cognitive, developmental, personality and social psychology

Second year

Optional modules offered vary depending on staff expertise, student interests and changes in the Education sector. The following modules were offered in 2015:

Core modules:

  • Researching Education - considers the current themes, debates, methods and ethical issues involved when carrying out educational research into children and young people’s lives
  • How people learn - this module is about ‘learning’, how we view the essential nature and meaning of the term, and what social and psychological processes shape learning and development

Plus, select one or two modules from:

  • Philosophy of Education - critically examines the contributions of key philosophers to our understanding of education, ranging from classical thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle to contemporary ones including Paulo Freire and Richard Rorty
  • Global comparative education - encourages students to look beyond UK borders by examining education systems around the world, utilising comparative frameworks and considering global conceptualisations of education
  • Contemporary cultural perspectives - introduces students to a range of perspectives, theories and debates concerning contemporary cultural change and how this impacts on education and learning
  • Technological transformations in learning - enables students to examine in detail the key educational transformations that arise from the expansion of all forms of technology.
  • Computer programming as a tool for learning
  • Music in the life of the primary school - offers students basic, core practical skills in primary music education, supported by engagement with key contemporary debates regarding UK policy, practice, theory and research into children’s musical development
  • Teaching Diversity: Inclusive Education Internationally - enables exploration of educational issues and ideas from the perspectives of its diverse users. Using the more international definition of inclusive education, you will be introduced to range of key debates, ideas and issues; asking at each point how educational systems and experiences are transformed in response to the diversity of learners
  • Applied Theatre

Plus two modules from:

  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Third year

Core module:

  • Education Dissertation - an independent study on a topic of your choice, agreed with the subject team. It provides an opportunity for students to design and undertake a small-scale study and receive feedback from their tutor

Plus, select two modules from:

  • Placement Project (strongly encouraged) - is an independent and individually negotiated project involving a placement in a school or other educational environment
  • Education and Equality: Class, Race and Ethnicity - examines current debates concerning social class, race and ethnicity, and social justice in education
  • Gender and Education - examines current debates concerning gender and education
  • Radical Educations - examines contemporary radical theories of education, particularly the arguments for ‘critical pedagogy’, and possible responses whilst studying contemporary examples of innovative education
  • Education and the Arts - will equip students with an understanding of arts education policy, pedagogy, curriculum design, and assessment in a time of educational, economic, technological and social change
  • Special Educational needs in education - explore how primary and secondary schools support children who have special educational needs (SEN)

Plus two modules from:

  • Counselling Psychology
  • Well-Being and Positive Psychology
  • Psychology and Education
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