module specification

SS6033 - Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Inclusion and Special Educational Needs
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Professions
Total study hours 300
219 hours Guided independent study
81 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 70%   Essay (3,000 words)
Group Presentation 30%   Presentation
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

This module builds on earlier studies of social problems, social inclusion and exclusion, and education policy.  We will reflect further on the meaning of social inclusion and exclusion in society, and the specific meaning of the terms in education in relation to the world of education and students with special educational needs.  The study of the role of education and schooling in relation to achieving inclusion in both arenas is the focus of this module.

Module aims

  1. To enable students to apply theory to interpret debates around inclusion and inclusive practices in society and in relation to special educational needs;
  2. To highlight debates around inclusion and exclusion in educational discourse and practice;
  3. To examine the relationship between educational and social structures with reference to issues of social exclusion and social justice;
  4. To explore inclusive approaches and practices through educational initiatives and schooling;
  5. To explore one or more particular type of special educational need and critique the educational and institutional responses, developing skills in articulating and discussing these.


The module will encourage academic debate around inclusion as a philosophical notion, the role of policy and other inclusion studies theory and education. The module develops a historical and analytical understanding of aspects of past and current policy in relation to inclusion and inclusive education. It will draw upon formal areas of inclusive studies and social justice, and educational academic research.

Learning and teaching

The module develops through exploring concepts of inclusion, exclusion and special needs; to examining the links between education, and social advantage and social problems; to the initiatives designed to use education as a means to address social problems.  The common educational difficulties are considered as part of this debate, before turning to the more uncommon difficulties for which the issues of social inclusion are more complex.  The four blocks are assessed in separate assignments, and are seen as building one to the next.  The module will use lectures, workshops, videos and case study debates.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to:

  1. Define the concept of social inclusion and its differing meanings in educational settings;
  2. Interpret the debates around inclusion as a notion and inclusive practices;
  3. Analyse the links between social problems, social exclusion, stigma, and educational achievement;
  4. Evidence from research data the inequalities in education provision and achievement;
  5. In relation to one or more social problems, explain and critique the role education or schooling might play in reducing this;
  6. Analyse and articulate the current educational response to one of the particular special educational needs covered in the module.

Assessment strategy

The essay of 3,000 words will assess learning outcomes 1,2, and 3, (70%).
A final presentation will assess learning outcomes 4 and 5, (30%).


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