Contexts and Values; Literature Review (116X3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

You conduct a systematic investigation and interrogation of the literature on a particular education topic. This includes theoretical and empirically based studies, and regulatory, policy and professional literature.

You will demonstrate the ability to:

  • critically appraise literature, including current scholarship and developments in your chosen field
  • evaluate the validity of conclusions and arguments
  • show a critical understanding of the issues, processes and problems in your specialist area
  • apply this knowledge to complex professional contexts.


100%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 12 hours of contact time and about 288 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.