Foundations of Education Policy, Planning and Development (834X3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The changing roles of government in relation to education services have multiple implications for stakeholders in education. This module explores approaches to educational planning and policy issues, and considers the implications of contemporary governance concerns associated with designing and implementing educational reform.

You will gain practical experience in developing education strategies aimed at achieving education and development targets. The module pays particular attention to the various dimensions of the changes in the governance of education.

The module considers key aspects of policy and planning covering the changing international agenda regarding good governance:

  • the changes to educational planning and reforms aimed at ensuring sustainable financing
  • the role of NGOs and communities in designing and implementing change
  • reforms and governance of education paying attention to decentralisation and its impact on how schools are managed and function
  • and approaches to monitoring and evaluating education interventions and programmes.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.