module specification

SS4032 - Education and Encounter in the Global City (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Education and Encounter in the Global City
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
30 hours Placement / study abroad
180 hours Guided independent study
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 20%   Summary of key reading (1000 words)
Coursework 80%   Multi-media Essay (3000 words plus media)
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

Through a series of activities based both within the classroom and in the field, the module encourages students to reflect on their own identities, on lived experiences of others and on educational possibilities and limitations in urban contexts. The reading of empirical research and the introduction to relevant theory support this exploration.

The module aims:
• To draw upon the global multi-cultural city as an empirical resource for educational enquiry;
• To consider concepts of borders, boundaries and horizons and to identify their impact on social realities in the global city;
• To explore a range of theories from urban sociology, cultural studies and human geography to examine the relationship between the self, groups and place with a specific focus on educational institutions and their role in the city;
• To explore ways in which education has historically and traditionally impacted on social class, gender, ‘race’, ethnicity, language, dis/ability etc. in urban contexts.


Fieldwork and class-based activities encouraging students explore their own identities and relationships with London in comparison to those of their peers and others through methods such as walking, photography, video and observation. LO1,LO2

Introduction to theories related to space/place, globalisation/multiculturalism and equality/social justice, and methodologies of enquiry that enable the interpretation and the understanding of urban phenomena. LO3,LO4

Outline of educational debates focusing on equality and diversity as hallmarks of urban schools/schooling; these debates will emanate from and be stimulated by the study of empirical research. LO2,LO3,LO4,LO5

Introduction to current and past educational policies impacting on schools/schooling and urban life. LO5

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The learning and teaching strategy for the module includes scheduled lectures, seminars and feedback sessions along with guided fieldwork.

The module incorporates specific sessions supporting students’ understanding of academic literature and research as well as the reading of such materials.

Students are encouraged to make use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and engaged with online discussions and tasks.

Written feedback is provided on all assessment tasks. Oral feedback is available where desired and necessary.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
1. Recognise the city as an empirical resource for educational inquiry;
2. Acknowledge different social realities;
3. Identify a range of educational issues and describe their phenomenology within the context of the global multi-cultural city;
4. Demonstrate an understanding of urban theories and research;
5. Show awareness of the historical and political contexts of present day debates and educational policies in the area of diversity and inclusion and their impacts on urban life.

Assessment strategy

Two items of coursework:
1. Students are asked to summarise a key reading (1000 words) relevant to the module/the second assessment task.
2. Production of a multi-media essay (3000 words plus media) exploring possibilities and limitations for learning in a globalized multi-cultural city.


Core texts

Amin, A. & Thrift, N. (2017). Seeing like a city. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Back, L. (2012). Cultural sociology: An introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.

Blundell, D. (2016). Rethinking children’s spaces and places. London: Bloomsbury.

Creswell, T. (2015, 2nd Edition). Place: An introduction. Oxford: Blackwell.

Delaney, C., (2004). Investigating culture: An experiential introduction to anthropology. Oxford: Blackwell.

Gottdiener, M. & Budd, L. (2016). Key concepts in urban studies. London: Sage.

Hall, S. (2012). City, street and citizen: The measure of the ordinary. London Routledge.

Hollingsworth, S. & Archer, L. (2010). Urban schools as urban places: School reputation, children’s identities and engagement with education in London. Urban Studies, 47(3), 584-603.

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Maalouf, A., (2000). On identity. London: Harville Press.

Massey, D., (2007). World city. Cambridge: Polity Press. – Introduction, pp.1-26

Perec, G. (1999). Species of spaces and other pieces. London: Penguin.

Pratt-Adams, S., Maguire, M. & Burn, E. (2010). Changing urban education. London: Continuum.

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Tuan, Y. F. (2001). Space and place: The perspective of experience. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.

Ward, C. (1990). The child in the city. London: Bedford Square Press.

Additional texts

Ackroyd, P. (2012). London under. London: Vintage.

Ackroyd, P. (2001). London: The biography. London: Vintage.

Alexander, C. & Knowles, C. (2005). Making race matter: Bodies, space and identity. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Amin, A. & Thrift, N. (2002). Cities: Reimagining the urban. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Archer, L., Hollingworth, S. & Mendick, H., (2010). Urban youth and schooling. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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Highmore, B. (2002). Everyday life and cultural theory: An introduction. London: Routledge.

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Jacobsen, H.J. (eds.) (2009). Encountering the everyday: An introduction to the sociologies of the unnoticed. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

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