ED7145 - Social Justice Education (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Social Justice Education|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Professions|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2020/21(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)||
The module aims to:
• introduce students to multiple perspectives on theories of social justice;
• encourage students to develop and articulate a standpoint with respect to theories and models of social justice education;
• provide knowledge with which students can consider socio-political and professional contexts for social justice;
• explore conflicts within curricula, pedagogy and practice with respect to concerns for social justice in education
The module discusses notions of social justice in education from philosophical, sociological and political perspectives and explores how they script curricular responses.
Focus is given to the three-dimensional approach to Social Justice, described by Fraser (1998), based on Redistribution of resources, goods, services, and capabilities; recognition - cultural respect and valuing differences; and, representation – involving inclusion in education practice and policy. Necessarily it involves exploration of the affects of social class, ethnicity, gender etc., on actors (both learners and educators) in formal education.
It explores theories that conceive education as a key variable in the creation of fairer societies and the implication that these necessitate commitment of all actors involved in the teaching-learning process. With respect to this, students are encouraged to articulate their own vision of social justice in education and reflect on how this may lead to contestation within the education system.
Learning Outcomes LO1 - LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Lectures and seminars delivered, once a week, in three hours blocks in the evenings. These contact sessions will be accompanied by some opportunities to extend understanding and analysis of key ideas and issues in the virtual learning space for the module and reading some academic educational research to deepen parts of the theory.
On completing this module, the students will be able to:
1. identify and understand key theories in social justice education;
2. appreciate a range of perspectives on social justice in education;
3. demonstrate understanding of how the concept of social justice is applied in different contexts
4. articulate a personal standpoint with regard to social justice in education and use this to analyse policy and practice in context
Indicative assessment task:
An essay that sets out and problematizes a vision of social justice in education
• 100% by coursework: one 5000 word essay to be submitted in week 14.
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British Journal of Educational Studies
British Journal of Sociology of Education
Journal of Philosophy of Education
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